Community safety action reduces Garth burglary issue

Hull: We will continue to hold further events to bring crime down further

10 Mar 2017

Our burglary reduction initiative in the Garths area of Bransholme in Hull, which is made up of 2,500 properties, has led to 38 per cent reduction in shed and garage burglaries in the area.

Prior to the scheme the area was classed as a long-term burglary hotspot for thieves targeting sheds and garages.

To tackle the problem, the local Community Policing Team along with other Community safety partners from Hull City Council, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, Riverside Housing, Urban Community group and the Neighbourhood Network have held three action days in streets in the area.

During these days 349 residents have been visited and spoken to leading to:
• 324 shed alarms have been fitted
• 20 garage alarms have been fitted
• 201 bikes have been property marked and placed on Immobilise
• 31 high risk fire referrals have been sent to Humberside Fire & Rescue
• 228 personal items have been UV marked and placed on Immobilise

Across the Garths area between February 2015 and February 2016 there were 29 shed and garage burglaries, which reduced to 18 offences the following year. To highlight how effective the multi-agency action days have been so far, out of the 18 reported burglaries only two have occurred on the streets were multi-agency action days have taken place.
The next action day is due to take place in May and details will be shared once they are available.

PC Steve Hepworth, Community Beat Officer for Bransholme said: “I am delighted that the hard work and dedication by all the community safety partners is paying dividends and reducing burglary in the Garths area, especially those streets we have already visited. 

"It has been really well received by the residents with numerous people taking advantage of the home security visits. The activity allowed us to fit over 300 outbuilding alarms, as well as providing homeowners practical tools to protect their property from opportunist thieves. Another focus of the activity was to get people to start property marking items of property, as well as starting a and registering property on line. Marking and registering property really helps the force tackle criminality, not only in returning recovered property if lost or stolen, but also in bringing offenders to justice.

“It is clear that the activity has heightened the communities’ awareness in preventing crime, while increasing reporting of those offending in their neighbourhood. I am sure as we roll-out the action further it will continue to have an impact on the community, making them safer and continuing to reduce crime. Finally, I would encouraged the public to support police by reporting those involved in criminality or people who are acting suspiciously in their area on 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."