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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Sneak-in thefts are increasing in Barrow

CRIME is down across South Cumbria but up in Barrow, police have said.

The number of crimes up to February 26 stood at 6,992 for South Cumbria as a whole and 3,969 in Barrow, which is 170 incidents more than up to the same time last year.

In South Cumbria, the number of crimes has fallen by 43 incidents, according to the area’s top officers.

Despite the relative success in a number of areas, police said the main increase in Barrow has been sneak-in thefts and burglaries with thieves taking whatever was to hand.

Incidents included the theft of a bag of secondhand clothes and a mobile phone worth £9.

Superintendent for South Cumbria, Mark Pannone, said: “We are not in a bad place crime wise and South Cumbria remains a really safe area to live.

“Overall crime in South Cumbria is down by 43 on this time last year, and down by 495 offences on a three year average.

“Burglary dwellings in Barrow are one of the main reasons for this.

“The opportunists are not planning this.”

In Barrow, the policing priority has been set to drive down the number of burglaries.

In the wider South Cumbria area insecure outbuildings and sheds have been targeted by opportunist thieves.

Detective Chief Inspector Bob Qazi said: “We have had burglaries where people had stolen clothes, whether that’s to do with harsh times I do not know.

“But you really can’t play down the impact someone coming into your home can have.

“We have had some success in catching some prolific thieves.

“It does come back to lock it or lose it.”

Mr Pannone added: “We want to reassure the public crime rates are remaining low, in Barrow our priority is burglary and there has been a significant reduction in crime reported to us.

“The majority of criminals who we catch accept they are opportunists.”

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