Newham police launch Operation Bumblebee

Newham police officers will be out and about in the borough as part of Operation Bumblebee to tackle seasonal burglaries.

Operation Bumblebee, one of the Met’s best known campaigns, has returned for the next three months.

Traditionally around this time of year, the police always see a rise in the number of burglaries and attempted burglaries. This is usually due to the days getting darker earlier, as homes remain in darkness for longer and become easier targets - especially if it looks like no one is home.

Newham Borough Commander Ch Supt Rob Jones said: “We take burglary very seriously. We understand that it can be both financially very costly and emotionally devastating, and can leave you feeling vulnerable in your own home.

“Most burglaries are opportunistic, rather than planned, and burglars tend to choose properties that have little or no visible security. Understanding what burglars look for when choosing a target house can help you identify weak spots in your home’s security and help you make your home less eye-catching to thieves.

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“As the nights draw in earlier, please look out for anything or anyone suspicious in your neighbourhood - burglars often target properties near each other so reporting something happening in your street could prevent you becoming the next victim.”

His officers will be out and about in the borough offering residents security checks and advice about keeping your home and property safe.

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