31 December 2015
Officers from Barnet have been carrying out an operation to tackle burglary across the borough.
Operation Maxilla was launched on Monday, 23 November and officers undertook a number of initiatives including plain clothes and hi visibility patrols, utilising ANPR (Automated Number Plate Recognition) cameras and providing crime prevention advice.
"This operation is the next phase of a commitment to make Barnet safer."
Since the start of the operation there has been a significant reduction in all burglary offences compared with the previous five weeks and with regard to residential offences, there has been an 18 per cent reduction, or 60 fewer crimes. Officers have made 57 arrests including seven wanted burglars. Using intelligence-led policing officers have carried out 188 stop and searches, 453 stop and accounts, issued seven penalty notices and seized 26 vehicles.
Chief Inspector Dave Lobb, lead for Barnet Neighbourhood policing, said: "Burglary is one of the most harmful crimes that a person can commit. It has a severe impact on victims, leaving a legacy of fear and upset. Neither we nor the residents of Barnet want active burglars in our communities and we are determined to make this borough a place where they cannot operate.
"This operation is the next phase of a commitment to make Barnet safer and improve the lives for our residents, running through the autumn into the New Year. The commitment started over the summer with the Met Trace campaign that delivered Smart Water to thousands of homes as part of an ongoing three year rollout. It then continued when the clocks went back with a high visibility policing day reminding residents about 'Clocks, Locks and Lights' and increased policing around Halloween and Bonfire night.
"Through a variety of tactics, this operation aims to cause maximum disruption to burglars, promote crime prevention measures and seek to detect/arrest offenders at every opportunity."
To help prevent burglary, residents are advised to:
- Close and lock all doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes.
- Keep your valuables out of sight.
- Fit a mortice lock to your front door and other external doors. Consider installing a burglar alarm.
- Leave some lights on if it will be dark before you get home.
- Do not leave your car keys or ID documents near a door, letterbox or window.
- Always check who's at the door and don't open it if you fell anxious.
- Always keep sheds and outbuilding locked.
- Mark or etch your property with your postcode, house or flat number or the first three letters of your house name.
- Register items with a serial number at: immobilise.com
- Cancel milk or other deliveries if you will be away for days or weeks at a time.