Operation to tackle burglary increase in Charnwood

Police have begun an operation to tackle a sharp increase in burglaries in Leicestershire.

Forty-seven burglaries were reported in the Charnwood area in July 2011 compared to 19 in July 2010.

There have been 17 burglaries from 1 to 19 August in the area. Officers said most of the offences were happening during the day.

Extra patrols have been set up in Charnwood and officers are looking out for suspicious vehicles.

The offences have taken place in major villages in the area including Birstall, Thurmaston, Mountsorrel, Rothley, Cropston, Sileby, Anstey, Barrow and Quorn.

Residents are being encouraged to ensure their homes are secure by locking doors and windows and keeping logs of property.

Insp Duncan Southall, of Leicestershire Police, said: "We believe the offenders are travelling from outside the Charnwood area so we're using the latest number plate recognition technology to monitor cars coming through the policing area and stopping them if appropriate.

"The recent warm weather may be to blame for the increase as a considerable number of the offences have been committed because windows and doors have been left unlocked and open."

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