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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Cumbria charity concerned over rise in burglaries

A CHARITY working with victims of crime has expressed concerns about an increase in burglaries.

Victim Support has voiced concerns about a 13 per cent increase in burglaries across Cumbria in the past year.

Based on figures released by the Office for National Statistics issued last week, the charity has said the punishment must fit the crime.

Nationally the figures show crime is down and in Barrow detectives are pleased with progress and say the area is one of the safest to live.

Theft is the most prevalent crime in Cumbria with 10,066 out of 24,076 offences, followed by criminal damage with 5,525 offences and more than 1,500 drug offences.

Mark Barrow, divisional manager for Cumbria at Victim Support, said: “Victim Support speaks to tens of thousands of burglary victims every year and we know that burglars don’t just rob people of things with financial or sentimental value – they also leave behind emotional and psychological scars on their victims.

“It’s critical that people have access to crime prevention advice to help them avoid becoming victims and can get practical and emotional support if they do experience break-ins.

“We’re reminding local people to be vigilant and take sensible precautions through our Take No More campaign in partnership with home security specialist ADT.

“We’re also calling for sentencing to more accurately reflect the psychological harm burglary has on those victims, in particular children.”

Detective chief inspector Bob Qazi, of Barrow CID, said: “Bearing in mind we are coming up to the fourth year in a recession we have certainly not seen a huge increase.

“If people lock their properties they do not get burgled.

“At the moment the overwhelming majority of burglaries are still of insecure properties.

“Even if you’re sat in a room that doesn’t have clear sight of the front or back door, make sure it’s locked.

“Secure properties put people off.”

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