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Five arrested after rise in Lichfield and Burntwood house burglaries

Five people have been arrested on suspicion of burglary after a crackdown by police across Lichfield and Burntwood.

Officers made the arrests after a spike in house burglaries in the region.

Of the five people held, three have been charged, one referred to a Youth Offending Team and one bailed pending further enquiries.

Inspector Rachel Joyce, Commander of Lichfield District Local Policing Team, said: “There has been a rise in house burglaries since the festive period, particularly in Shenstone, Little Aston, Burntwood and Lichfield.

“The operations have been supported by members of the Special Constabulary, the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) and other forces to also target travelling criminals. Our aim is not only to prevent and detect crimes but to reassure our communities that we are tackling and dealing with what matters to them.

“Taking simple crime prevention measures will help and everyone is urged to look at how secure their homes are and look at ways of increasing security. Ensuring windows and doors are locked, making your home look that someone is in even when out, can stop an opportunist thief.

“We are not complacent in the fight against these crimes. Victims not only lose valuable items but it can have a devastating affect on them for a considerable time. Burglary is an on-going priority for police and we will continue to investigate these crimes and bring offenders to justice.”

Insp Joyce added that the operations were intelligence-led and had used Automated Number Plate Recognition to identify suspects.

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