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Brighton and Hove police burglary team bares all on Twitter
10:01am Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
Conducting search warrants, monitoring peoples' bail conditions and running targeted operations are all part of a day's work for the Brighton and Hove burglary team.
The city, which has a resident population of more than 270,000, sees around four burglaries taking place each day and it is the job of the team to get burglars off the streets.
From today, you can follow the work of the team as they use social media and webchats to talk to the public about burglary.
Every burglary which takes place in the city will be tweeted and updates will be shared about arrests, charges and those who are wanted for questioning in connection with burglaries in Brighton and Hove.
This week of activities comes two months after Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie, an initiative to tackle burglary in Sussex. Since the launch of this operation 47 burglars have been arrested in Brighton and Hove and 19 people have been charged with a total of 33 offences of burglary.
Detective Inspector Clare Shiel, who leads the team, said: "On average over the past five years around four homes a day have been burgled in the city. That's four families who have had to come home to discover that someone has else has helped themselves to their belongings.
"From sentimental items to high value phones and laptops each and every single incident is investigated by our dedicated team.
"Every day we are conducting search warrants, directing patrol activity in areas which could be vulnerable and running targeted operations to keep burglars off the city's streets.
"As well as talking to the public about the work of the team and how we join together with our partners to bring offenders to justice, this week is also an opportunity for us to answer questions about how people can best protect their home and belongings.
"Everyone has a friend, family member or colleague who they know has been burgled but sometimes even this isn't enough to encourage people to take steps to keep their home secure.
"Since we launched Operation Magpie in nearly half of all the burglaries in the city the burglars have entered through an open window or door - together we can prevent these crimes happening."
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: "Members of the public consistently highlight their concerns about burglary to me, which is why I have raised this as a priority with the Chief Constable during our regular accountability meetings.
"I am pleased to see that Sussex Police is helping residents to understand the role they can play in ensuring Brighton & Hove is a 'no-go area' for burglars.
"This opportunity to go 'behind the scenes' of the burglary team will enable people to find out more about the work being carried out to keep burglars off the streets and what the public can do to protect their property. I look forward to following the conversation online."
Brighton and Hove Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp said: "Using social media to share more details about the activities of this team is an extension of the work we do every day to keep the public informed.
"Burglary has been and always will be one of our priorities because we know the impact that this crime type has on its victims."
Follow the activities of the team throughout the week on Twitter through @BtonHovePolice or #bhburglaryweek or log into a webchat with Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp and Detective Inspector Clare Shiel at 12 noon on Thursday 5 September through the Sussex Police website http://www.sussex.police.uk.
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