JAN 01] WEST MIDLANDS POLICE NEWS
Burglars Stung By Cameras In Rigged Flat
ongoing 'sting' operation is helping West Midlands Police in
Coventry score a major success against burglary over the
Christmas and New Year period.
from the Operational Command Unit at Chace Avenue, in
partnership with Coventry City Council's Action Against Crime
team, kitted out a number of houses and flats with surveillance
equipment to trap anyone who tries to break in.
surrounding the launch of the initiative is being credited with
helping to achieve a 20 per cent drop in burglary during
December, compared with the same month last year.
two people have been charged with burglary after being caught in
one of the properties, which is in the Stoke area.
56-year-old man and a 37year-old woman appeared before
magistrates in Coventry yesterday charged with burglary.
Mark Sheasby, operations commander for Chace Avenue, which
covers south Coventry, said:
believe our initiative is ideally suited to this particular
problem and we are delighted with the big reduction in
am sure that much of the reason for the drop is that burglars
are thinking twice about breaking into properties because they
don't know if they will be caught out.
believe criminals are becoming aware that any home from
Earlsdon to Stoke could be one of the ones with our specialist
equipment and they can expect to get caught in the trap.
two people who now face charges demonstrate that if a person
tries to break into one of our traps, we will know straight
are turning the tables on those who bring misery to others and
we will continue to do so."