Blackpool Police launch 12-week targeted burglary patrol

Monday, October 24, 2022

Neighbourhood police in Blackpool have launched a weekly patrol focusing on residential burglary.

Officers which cover the Blackpool area will patrol 12 pre-selected areas that have seen recent incidents of burglary, and engage with residents, give safety advice, fill out questionnaires and leaflet drop. This will continue for the next 12 weeks.

Lancashire Constabulary recently launched Op Defender, a force wide campaign funded by Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner to crackdown on residential burglary.

Op Defender aims to locate and arrest offenders, take positive action to reduce residential burglary through crime prevention advice, and to safeguard and support victims of crime, keeping them at the heart of investigations.

Inspector John Jennings-Wharton said: “Everyone has a right to feel safe in their own home and in the wider community, and burglary can very easily change that.

“This initiative allows us to visit residents face-to-face and address any concerns. We take all reports very seriously and want the community to be reassured that we are acting on community intelligence to tackle burglary.”

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