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Sussex police react after big rise in burglaries
11:20am Sunday 17th February 2013 in News
Police officers have been diverted from their duties to crack down on burglaries.
The number of domestic burglaries in Brighton and Hove has risen consistently over the past 12 months, but a new tactic to crack down on the problem has resulted in more than 20 arrests since January.
The latest figures show that in the first ten months of 2012/13 there were 43% more burglaries in the city com- pared to the same months in 2011/12.
To try to deal with the problem, officers have been moved from other duties to patrol “hotspots” including Preston Park, Central Hove, Hove seafront and Kemp Town.
Uniformed officers have also been cold-calling the homes of suspected burglars and carrying out plain- clothed operations to target suspects.
Detective Inspector Nick Chambers, from Brighton and Hove Priority Crime Team, said: “It’s not immediately apparent why there has been such an increase in burglaries over the past few months but I think it would be fair to say that the current economic uncertainty and recession could be a factor.
“Burglary has always been a priority for our officers but with the recent marked increase, measures have been put in place to address the situation.”
There has also been an increase in all acquisitive crimes, which includes theft, handling stolen goods, burgla- ries and robberies, of 6% in the first ten months of 2012/13 compared with the same months of 2011/12.
Those charged as part of the operation include: Paul Eaton, 53, of William Collier House, North Road, Brighton, charged with two burglaries in Blenheim Place and Cheltenham Place on February 4.
Those arrested include Anthony Bowles, 31, of Preston Road, Brighton, arrested on suspicion of nine burgla- ries in Cleveland Road, Havelock Road, Springfield Road, London Road, Campbell Road and Preston Road.
Robert Keating, 33, of Warwick Mount, Montague Street, Brighton, was also arrested on suspicion of a burglary in Ditchling Rise, and a 14-year-old boy and an 18-year-old boy from Brighton were arrested on suspicion of burglary at Coolham Drive.
The 14-year-old was charged with burglary and with an unrelated robbery. Ermias Fekade, 31, of Sheridan Terrace, Hove; Darren Farrell, 31, of Cromwell Road, Southwick and Michael McKay, 22, from London were charged with burglary in Park View Road, Hove, and a further burglary in Burlington Street, Brighton.
They were also charged with conspiracy to burgle. John Moore, 43, of Grand Parade, Brighton, was charged with theft. He has since been convicted and recalled to prison by the Probation Service.