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Crackdown on gangs to tackle ‘thunderstorm’ of south Cambridge burglaries

Police have “disrupted gangs and made arrests” after a spate of burglaries in south Cambridge.

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By admin , in Cambridge , at April 24, 2018

Police have "disrupted gangs and made arrests" after a spate of burglaries in south Cambridge.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary says residents have endured a spike in burglaries in Queen Ediths and Trumpington since the beginning of the year.

While police say the "thunderstorm is over", they still warn that the climate is still "dodgy".

Councillors were worried at the “significant” increase in crime, with some fearing organised gangs of burglars were targeting new housing developments.

Speaking at the citys south area committee yesterday (April 23), police told residents and councillors that the worst was over and that two organised criminal gangs had been “disrupted”. They said crime in the area was returning to “normal levels”.

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Sgt Jim Stevenson said: “We did suffer quite a bad spate of burglaries. We had a couple of organised crime gangs that were operating in the south of the city. These groups have now been disrupted, and several members have been arrested.

“In this case, I cant think of anyone at Parkside who didnt work on these burglaries. For those residents that were victims, the thunderstorm is over, but that doesnt mean we dont live in a dodgy climate.”

Sgt Stevenson said the police had worked out new strategies to help residents make their homes more secure. Including “defensive gardening”, which was one of the strategies available, and explained that putting up trellises could help deter would-be burglars.

According to the Metropolitan Police, trellises are useful on gates and fences as they make it harder for burglars to climb over.

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Cllr Tim Moore asked for the cause behind the dramatic spike in burglaries.

“The rise has been statistically very significant,” he said.

“It is going up quite rapidly. I was wondering what is the cause of this. There is a lot of new housing being built and a lot of people coming in and a lot of kit lying round.”

Sgt Stevenson said that there was a lot of housing development going on, particularly in Trumpington.

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He said that additional officers would be patroling the area, to reassure residents and help make people safer.

Asked whether his “gut feeling” suggested things were improving in the area, Sgt Stevenson said he thought the situation was improving and that burglary levels were returning to a “normal level”.

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