Burglary crackdown a big success

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POLICE have hailed the success of a crackdown on burglary across the region which has resulted in the seizure of £44,000 of stolen property.

The campaign - code named Operation Julius - saw 320 people arrested over the past month and officers say they will continue to hunt for burglars.

Police have executed 32 search warrants, spoken to over 500 burglary suspects, seized 54 vehicles and visited more than 247 second hand shops.

Supt Damian Darcy said: “I am pleased with the results of the operation which show we have been working hard to reduce the number of people affected by this crime.

“Despite the success this is just the start and we will continue to focus our efforts on those who persistently commit burglaries.

“Residents have an important part to play in locking out thieves and I urge people to make sure they keep their homes and vehicles locked and secure.

“Burglary levels in Lancashire are already at unprecedented lows but as part of our determination to keep it that way the operation is aimed at further reducing the number of crimes and at targeting known offenders.”

Action during Operation Julius included identifying Lancashire’s top burglary offenders, and executing warrants said officers.