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Burglaries up by 12% in Havering with Squirrels Heath named as a hotspot

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:45 19 July 2018

Police say despite an increase in burglaries in January, number have now fallen. Picture: Owen Humphreys

Police say despite an increase in burglaries in January, number have now fallen. Picture: Owen Humphreys

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The number of burglaries in Havering has increased by 12per cent in the last year, according to data from the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC).

Squirrels Health has been identified as a hotspot by tri-borough police, as was Hainault in Redbridge and Thames in Barking and Dagenham.

A spokesman for the East Area Command Unit said since the high amount of break-ins in January however, the number of incidents has “significantly decreased”.

“We recognise that burglary is a distressing crime and we take this increase very seriously,” he said.

“We have responded to this by increasing our patrols in the areas that have been affected, using intelligence to target those who we suspect of committing these crimes and we have started initiatives to target offenders, disrupt their offending and bring them to justice.

“Since the start of the year Havering is down from 211 burglaries in January to 95 in June, Redbridge is down from 374 burglaries in January to 156 in June, and Barking and Dagenham is down from 169 burglaries in January to 94 in June.

“All three boroughs across the East Area BCU have seen a significant reduction in burglaries.”

London Assembly Member for Havering and Redbridge, Keith Prince said the Mayor of London needs to get tough on crime.

“Burglary is a heinous crime which can have such a damaging impact on people’s lives,” he said.

“It is deeply concerning that the number of burglaries taking place in Havering and Redbridge have increased significantly over the past year.

“Crime is soaring at a time when the government has increased police funding.

“The Mayor needs to get tough on crime and stop restricting the Met’s ability to fight crime by unnecessarily meddling in operational policing”.

Officers from the East Area Command Unit said they rely on intelligence from the community to follow up issues in the neighbourhood.

They are encouraging residents to report suspicious behaviour via 999 in an emergency or by calling 101 for a non-emergency.

Officers can also be reached in a non-urgent capasity via @MetCC on Twitter or through the Met’s website, met.police.uk.

Crimes can also be reported anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800555111

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