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By Anthony Carroll
Monday, September 3, 2012
The number of homes which have been burgled in Norfolk and Suffolk has fallen dramatically, police figures have shown.
And the statistics in two towns in Waveney show that there was not a single break-in over a four-month period.
In Norfolk there were 401 “dwelling burglaries” between May and August, which is 100 fewer, or 20pc less, compared to the same period last year.
Across the border in Suffolk, between April and July there were 544 home burglaries, a 23pc decrease compared to the same period in 2011.
And a breakdown of the Suffolk figures show that in the Halesworth and Southwold safer neighbourhood team area not one burglary was recorded between April and July, while there were six offences last year.
The statistics for April to July show that in the Lowestoft north area the number of offences, 48, was down 56pc compared to last year, while the south area saw a 57pc drop in burglaries to 67 offences.
In Beccles and Bungay burglaries were 21pc down with 11 offences reported.
Det Insp Darrell Skuse, head of Waveney CID, said: “We have been working hard to prevent and detect offences of burglary as we know this is a crime that can have a significant impact on victims.
“In recent months we have caught a number of prolific burglars and have seen many of them jailed. However, as some are caught others are released, so we intend to keep the pressure on to try to ensure these reductions are maintained.”
The Norfolk figures show in May there were 115 break-ins; in June there were 86, 93 in July and in August there were 107. Norfolk police says it detection rate for burglaries is 35pc, one of the best in the country.