Figures show significant drop in burglaries in Norfolk

A new report has revealed that burglary rates in the Norfolk area are now at the lowest they’ve been for a generation.

The latest figures show that there were 1,372 incidents of home burglary in the area in the past 12 months. This is a 73 per cent drop since the mid-1990s, when over 5,000 were reported each year.

The less-than-impressive figures revealed in the 90s did prompt many homeowners to increase their security efforts with the help of equipment, such as roller shutters and mesh grills. While the numbers have dropped, police in the area are still encouraging residents to ensure their properties are secure.

The current focus of police in Norfolk is on the incidents of criminal activity which have the most significant effect on the community and, as a result, there are now fewer than four burglaries in the county each day.

Norfolk Police’s Chief Superintendent, Nick Dean, spoke of the success, saying:

“Home burglary rates in our county are now at some of the lowest levels recorded which is testament to some really focused work to reduce the impact of this crime.

“We also recognise that this can only be achieved with the continued cooperation of partner agencies, community-based organisations such as Homewatch, and vigilant members of the public.”

The impressive reduction is being attributed to the crime-fighting strategies introduced by Norfolk Police over recent years. One initiative, for example, is Integrated Officer Management, which has seen the force put emphasis on the area’s most prolific offenders.

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