Sussex Police’s blitz on burglars has helped save the county more than £2 million 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 investigating and 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 £2.4 million over the last 10 months.
Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie in June to tackle burglary across the county.
Detective Superintendent Jez Graves said, “We’ve had some great successes in catching and charging burglars and their accomplices since the launch of Operation Magpie. On a daily basis our officers and staff are working extremely hard and with real focus to prevent and detect the burglary of people’s homes.
“It is pleasing when our investigations result in the recovery of victims’ property and the imprisonment of offenders but we also put a lot of effort into trying to prevent the offences happening in the first place through visible and targeted patrols and by working with our communities and partners in relation to crime prevention.
“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.”
Twenty-three-year-old George Winter has been charged with two burglaries in Upperton Road, in January. Andrej Popov, of Cambridge Gardens, Hastings, has been charged with stealing thousands of pounds worth of jewellery from a house in Tovey Close, Eastbourne.
Five men and a woman have been arrested in connection with a burglary in Friston. Three men have been arrested in connection with 13 burglaries in Eastbourne from November to January.