Distraction burglaries down by more than half

PUBLISHED: 12:40 12 August 2009 | UPDATED: 16:06 11 May 2010

DISTRACTION burglaries have halved in Hertfordshire following a police campaign. Herts Police have revealed that 75 fewer distraction crimes have been committed in the county during the first quarter of the policing year when compared to the same period i

DISTRACTION burglaries have halved in Hertfordshire following a police campaign.

Herts Police have revealed that 75 fewer distraction crimes have been committed in the county during the first quarter of the policing year when compared to the same period in 2008. This represents a reduction of more than 50 per cent.

Officers on the police's Operation Manhunt initiative, which has targeted distraction burglaries and rogue traders, are encouraged by the results.

Det Chf Insp Paul Williamson, who leads the Operation Manhunt team, said: "We've been working hard to spread crime prevention advice to the community and the message is getting through. People are being more vigilant and not letting these con men into their homes, and we've had a marked increase in reports to our control room from people reporting suspicious callers."

"We rely on immediate information from residents to be able to apprehend these criminals and I'd thank people for their calls. I would urge people to continue to report suspicious callers - they should never feel like they are bothering the police."

If you have information about a crime, or would like to report a suspicious incident, contact the police on 0845 3300 222, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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