Burglaries increase say Devon and Cornwall Police

Reported burglaries in Devon and Cornwall have increased for the first time in a decade, said the police.

Between 1 April and 31 August 2011, 4,253 burglaries were reported to Devon and Cornwall Police compared with 3,852 in the same period in 2010.

Police said they were "moving resources" to tackle the rise.

On Thursday, official Home Office figures suggested that crime overall had fallen during the past year, with burglary down by 6% in the counties.

Deputy chief constable Shaun Sawyer said the force had seen a rise in domestic, commercial and rural thefts during the period.

He said: "We've had 10 years of reduction, we would have liked to have had 11 and 12 years, this is a spike.

"It's repeat burglary or repeat offenders... we do take it [burglary] seriously and its a key focus for us."

The figures showed that East Cornwall saw the biggest rise in domestic burglaries being reported, with 228 during the period in 2011, compared with 170 in 2010 - a rise of more than 30%.

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