Swindon summer anti-crime campaign hailed a success

A campaign to reduce the number of burglaries and robberies during summer has been hailed a success by police in Swindon.

Officers say more of the crimes happen as people stay out later and drink more, and leave windows and doors open.

Working with the Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership, police advised residents how to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of crime.

Police said the campaign led to a 72% fall in robberies in central Swindon.

There were 18 offences in June/July 2010 compared to five offences in the same period this summer, Wiltshire Police said.

'Safe place'

The force also said compared to 2010, there was a 78% reduction in west Swindon, with crimes falling from 14 offences to three, and a 50% reduction in the east, from 12 offences to six.

The north of the town also saw a 66% reduction in robberies, from nine last summer to three this year, it said.

Burglaries over the same period were also down to 57 this summer, compared to 62 during the same period in 2010.

Acting Det Insp Jim Taylor said: "Swindon remains a safe place in which to live and work, nevertheless, the impact of robbery and burglary on victims should not be underestimated.

"Working with our partners, we engaged in a number of activities to provide the public with information and to prevent these offences from taking place."

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