600 Scunthorpe homes to have valuables recorded in bid to cut crime
Up to 600 houses in Scunthorpe will be targeted by police in an operation to record and protect all items in vulnerable homes.
A joint operation between Humberside Police and Safer Neighbourhoods will see homes visited by officers that have been identified by crime records as having been targeted by criminals in the past.
The operation, the like of which police bosses say has never been seen before in the region, will begin on September 3 and will see homes in the Westcliff, Riddings and Queensway areas visited by police.
Detective Superintendent Judi Heaton said: "These homes have been selected through historic crime data which pinpoints areas that have previously been hit by burglars in order to help reduce the chances of them being targeted again.
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"We will visit each property and talk the residents through property marking and data recording before helping them to get started.
"We will monitor this work for a period of time to see if it helps us to either deter criminals from tackling such areas or help us to identify any stolen items should thieves strike at any of these addresses."
Property marking makes stolen items harder to sell on and also allows for stolen property to be returned.
DS Heaton said: "There are few things that will frustrate an officer more than having to return possibly stolen items to a suspect because we are not able to confirm it is that which has been stolen. It is important that we take steps to work with the public in order to increase the number of residents who actively record the details of their valuables ."
The initiative has been funded by North Lincolnshire Council's Safer Neighbourhood Partnership, which has purchased two devices – Hermes, a laptop that records serial numbers, and Apollo, a scanner that checks items against those reported stolen.