Gangs have been targeted in a police crackdown after a “significant” rise in burglaries.
The gangs have been targeting homes in Cambridgeshire, with Cambridge wards Trumpington and Queen Ediths bearing the brunt of a significant increase in criminal activity.
Now, police are cracking down on the criminal gangs they believe to be responsible.
A neighbourhood profile report due to go before Cambridge City Councils south area committee says more police have been brought in to help tackle the burglaries in the south of the city and, as a result, “charges had been secured” against two separate groups.
“Leading up to Christmas, the entire County experienced a significant rise in burglaries,” the report explains. “Trumpington and Queen Ediths in particular appeared to be the target for this increased activity.
“This sudden rise in offending caused us to place significantly more resources into preventing further burglaries and catching those responsible.
“Local PCSOs, police officers and detectives from Serious Crime Teams and the Burglary Team were utilised to ensure that every viable opportunity to identify and catch these individuals was exploited.
"As a result, we have secured charges against two sets of individuals: first, being a group of local individuals; second, we are also seeing a large regional burglary operation draw to a close, the result of which is an organised crime gang, operating across the region, charged and remanded to court.”
The report continued: “Local Community Teams were focused on: reassuring victims about ongoing police activity; addressing issues around the repeat targeting of vulnerable premises; assisting at community events, providing information where it didnt risk compromising ongoing operations; and advice about the reasonable steps homeowners could take to protect their premises and property.”