Dedicated Teams Who Won't Give Burglars Houseroom; BEAT THE BURGLAR: MENACE OF HOUSE-BREAKERS A TOP PRIORITY FOR CITY CRIME-FIGHTERS

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THE Evening Telegraph has teamed up with Coventry police to help beat the burglars. Across Coventry there are an average of nine burglaries a day, and in the year to April there were 2,965 burglaries in the city.

Police and other bodies are working to tackle the problem. But there are simple measures we can all take. BEN GRIFFIN reports

BURGLARY is a top priority for police in Coventry. Each station in the city uses different methods to tackle the problem, and at Little Park Street, four specialist officers are employed with the sole responsibility of tackling burglaries.

The four officers have been working as burglary investigation officers - BIOs - since the beginning of this month.

Det Insp Stuart Bell, of Little Park Street police, said: "Their sole responsibility is the investigation of burglary and burglary detection.

"They will visit the scene of every reported burglary. They will conduct the initial evidence-gathering process. They will be in high-visibility gear doing house-to-house inquiries either side of the affected premises. They will liaise with scenes-of-crime officers over forensic issues, and facilitate a quick turnaround in the event of any forensic evidence, such as fingerprints, being recovered."

They will also speak to victims about future crime prevention measures they can take, and will inform nearby residents there has been a burglary in the area and that they should be on their guard.

In addition, they post advice leaflets through doors and conduct high- visibility patrols.

Figures show that in Coventry in the year to April, there were 698 insecure burglaries, that is where raiders have got in through unlocked doors or windows. …