Rise in number of offenders brought to justice during police crackdown

PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 October 2019

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The number of offenders arrested for burglaries, knife crimes and drug offences in North Somerset has increased over the past six months.

Twice as many burglars have been arrested during the same period. while the number of burglaries has dropped.

The number of offenders brought to justice for drug offences stands at 90 per cent, while arrests for knife crime have also risen.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary has released the figures to show the success of Operation Remedy, which was launched six months ago to improve force performance in relation to burglary, knife crime and the illegal supply of controlled drugs.

Avon and Somerset police officers have made around four arrests per day, relating to an estimated 1,100 offences and 67 warrants.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, believes the force's work has been hugely successful.

She said: "I know local people will be pleased with the Operation Remedy outcomes achieved over the past six months and I am especially delighted with the increased number of positive outcomes for burglary offences.

"It is important that, as well as drugs and knife crime, we address the disruptive crime that is burglary.

"Many burglary victims have shared with me how upsetting this crime is and it can mean that they live in fear in the place they should feel safest - their own home.

"Increasing the policing part of the council tax in April was a big ask and I hope people are starting to see and feel the difference that the additional officers have made.

"There is still plenty more to be done and I know the constabulary will remain focused on tackling the issues that matter most to local people and bringing offenders to justice."

The increase in arrests can be attributed to intensified operations which include monthly enforcement and warrant days to tackle drug supplies and a higher number of high visibility patrols in problem areas.

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