About 50 police officers were required last Tuesday to carry out coordinated raids on the homes of burglary suspects in the city of Southampton.
This action was in response to an alarming increase in the number of properties being targeted by criminals in recent months.
Six arrests were made by the police during the morning searches and stolen items such as jewellery, bikes and gaming consoles were also recovered from their residencies.
Around 40 homes had been hit each week as burglars stepped up the frequency of break-ins in the city.
After gathering intelligence on those suspected of carrying out these crimes, the uniformed police officers moved in to make the necessary arrests as part of Operation Cimex.
Detective Sergeant Andy Hedley said:
“It’s been a very successful morning, and I’m sure there will be some further arrests as a result of today’s operation.
“We want the community to know that we’re proactively seeking the offenders of burglaries and those who are handling stolen goods, and we won’t just sit back.
“We will, where intelligence shows people are involved in the handling of stolen property, seek warrants through the magistrates’ courts and we will be knocking on people’s doors.”
The problem of burglaries is becoming an issue for homeowners up and down the country, so ensuring your property is installed with an effective burglar alarm is a must in this day and age.