South East police forces in anti-burglary campaign

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Four police forces are working together for the first time in a three-week campaign to tackle burglaries in the South East of England.

Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Thames Valley forces say the number of burglaries rises when the clocks go back.

Break-ins rose by 3.5% to 2,645 in the three weeks after the clocks changed in 2012 and 2013 compared to the previous three weeks, Sussex Police said.

The campaign will run until 16 November across an area of about 5,600 sq miles.

Det Ch Insp Tanya Jones, from Sussex Police, said: "The emotional effect of burglary, for many, is often far more devastating than the loss of their belongings.

"This campaign sees us working with our partners, including other police forces, to reduce burglary at a time of year when we know it traditionally increases."

The campaign covers an area from Chichester in the west to Margate in the east and Milton Keynes in the north.

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