Blyth burglary crime prevention initiative

03 Apr 2017 13:15 PM

Blyth officers and Police Cadets during the crime prevention initiative [View Full Size]

An initiative tackling a burglary hotspot in Blyth took place over the weekend.

It was designed to build on work in the area of Cowpen Quay to improve the neighbourhood and reduce the number of burglaries.

Cowpen Quay has been identified as a particularly deprived area in Northumberland with two streets within the Blyth Terraces area having a disproportionately high level of burglaries.

The two day initiative, ran on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April, involved Blyth Neighbourhood Policing Team, Special Constables, Volunteer Police Cadets and the Crime Prevention Design Advisor, together with ICCQ (Improving Croft and Cowpen Quay), a volunteer organisation supported by the local authority and Street Representative Volunteers from the area.

Sergeant Jill Hall from Blyth Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "All 273 properties within the two streets identified were visited and an environmental survey completed with residents.

"We aimed to work with the community to help improve the area by addressing their issues utilising the ‘My Street’ app during the survey. Residents were also provided with a 'My Street' card to help and encourage them to download the app and report any future problems affecting them, their home and their street. This included anti-social behaviour, fly tipping, nuisance issues and much more. If this is managed robustly it is more likely to prevent further decline in the future and lead to a better neighbourhood.

“Our vision is that by improving the area, the number of burglaries will be reduced, together with the demand on police and partners, giving local people an improved quality of life."

Sergeant Hall said SelectaDNA was also used in the affected streets to help prevent future burglaries, bringing down crime. Officers provided residents with the crime prevention kits and assisted them in marking valuables in their homes. This included marking mobiles, laptops, iPods, tvs, ornaments and jewellery with SelectaDNA microdot technology - this gives individual property a minute and unique reference number which is kept on a secure database.

"We initially focused on previously burgled premises and any vulnerable residents or isolated locations as a priority - this is the first time this has been used in Blyth," Sergeant Hall added.

"The use of SelectaDNA reduces the chances of being burgled by 83% and helps protect homes. Signs were displayed as a visible deterrent to show the addresses are protected and a DNA code registered on the database.”

“This means that if any of the marked property is stolen it is identifiable to the address. Any stolen property recovered by police can be checked for a microdot and if found, can more easily be reunited with its rightful owner.

"This initiative is all about engaging with the community and improving the area in which they live and by doing this with local people, we hope it will reduce incidents of burglary."

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Pictured; Blyth officers and Police Cadets during the crime prevention initiative