Police chief hails strong stance on opportunist crime

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A POLICE initiative that saw more than 1,000 people arrested in a month has been praised by a regional crime-fighting chief.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has welcomed the results of the summer-long Operation Soundwave initiative that was set up to tackle opportunist theft and burglary.

In July alone there were 1,218 arrests, 214 warrants executed and 825 house searches carried out across the Northumbria force.

And over the next few weeks officers will carry out more activity, as well as host crime prevention events.

Ms Baird said: “Being a victim of crime can have a massive personal impact on people’s lives and it’s vital we continue to seek to reduce crime across our communities.

“As Police and Crime Commissioner I have consulted with people living in the force area who’ve told me there are certain types of offences that cause particular concern, which includes house burglaries.”

The Commissioner said that while police initiatives such as Soundwave will continue, it is also important for the community to play a part in reducing crime.

She said: “Operations like this demonstrate the police are taking a strong stance against criminals who commit this type of crime, while further initiatives are in the pipeline to target other offences.

“However, I know police can’t do this alone and I’m committed to ensuring Community Safety Partnerships work with people in our neighbourhoods to reduce crime and re-offending and cut the number of victims of crime.

“Northumbria Police has a great record for reducing crime and I want to see this continue.”