Cash is saved after burglary crackdown

A POLICE blitz on burglars has helped save the county more than £2m this year alone.

The Home Office estimates that every domestic burglary costs an average of £5,000 in terms of damage caused by the criminal, the value of the items taken, the emotional cost to the victim and the criminal justice system bill for prosecuting offenders.

The latest figures for this year show that the number of burglaries committed in Sussex has fallen by almost 15 per cent – down from 3,281 between April 2012 and January 2013 to 2,795 in the equivalent period in 2014.

Using the government’s calculations, reducing the number of burglaries by 486 has saved the people of Sussex just over £2.4m in the last ten months.

Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie in June to tackle burglary across the county.

Detective superintendent Jez Graves said “I’m pleased that there are fewer crimes and less victims, but one burglary is one too many and I am determined to keep the pressure on criminals.”