Burglaries crack down

BELPER has seen a drop in the number of burglaries thanks to a robust police operation.

Sgt Gregory Hunt told a meeting of Belper Town Council that officers had targeted a number of “key individuals”.

The meeting at St John’s Chapel in the town heard that the operation was rolled out because there had been an increase in the number of burglaries in the Belper area.

There was a particular problem with house burglaries in the town, said Sgt Hunt.

He revealed how there had been a decrease in crime after specific suspects were targeted.

He also explained to councillors what officers had been doing to combat the problems.

“We have been targeting key individuals,” said Sgt Hunt. “We have been putting more police officers in the key areas.

“There have been lots of plain police vehicles in the area as well.

“We have been taking a more direct and positive stance.

“And it has had a positive affect on the area. Problems seem to have shifted from Belper, where we have centred our resources, over to Ripley.”

Councillors welcomed the drop in burglaries.

Sgt Hunt added: “We want people to report anything suspicious. It all helps us tackle the problem.”

Adding that the initiative had succeeded in getting particular suspects “out of the picture”.

“We are hoping to carry that sort of work on,” he said.

Cllr Deborah Biss said: “One person reported some suspicious vehicles just after new year. They turned out to be plain police vehicles.”

Sgt Hunt said that it was a good sign that people were keen to report things.