Police launch year-long crackdown on burglary and robbery in Derbyshire, as force rebuilds numbers

Police are cracking down on burglary, vehicle crime and robbery in Derbyshire as they launch a new operation.

Tuesday, 3rd March 2020, 9:53 am
Updated Wednesday, 4th March 2020, 2:07 pm

Year-long initiative Operation Relentless will involve officers and staff from across Derbyshire Police, working in conjunction with partner agencies.

Public consultation has shown that the communities of Derbyshire are concerned about having their house or car broken into.

In an effort to tackle this type of crime, as well as robberies, the operation will begin with two weeks’ worth of ‘targeted activity’.

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Police launched the operation this week

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Gibson said: “While Derbyshire is still one of the safest places to live and work in the country, we want the public to be confident that we are also tackling those offences that have a personal impact, such as burglary, vehicle crime and robbery.

“Burglary has a real impact on victims and we want to continue to do all we can to pursue offenders and bring them to justice as well as providing the best level of service we can to victims.

“Robberies have a huge impact on the confidence of victims to go about their daily business, and can also have a negative effect on their mental health, while those whose vehicles are broken into or stolen face real inconvenience and interruption to their lives.

After the initial first two weeks there will then be a series of community projects that will be launched together with partner agencies who we work alongside as well as the Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa.

Mr Dhindsa said: “People have told me that they want to see the police tackling issues like antisocial behaviour, burglary, robbery and vehicle crime and we are now in a position where we have more officers to do this. Derbyshire lost 450 officers and nearly 300 police staff as a result of austerity, but over the last two years we have been carefully rebuilding the numbers.

“The operation is aptly named. We will be absolutely relentless as we work to prevent crime and catch offenders. In the coming year we will have yet more officers to dedicate to targeted initiatives.”