Eighteen people were arrested this morning as part of a three-month operation to crackdown on burglary in Merseyside. They are being held for a number of crimes including burglary, robbery and possession of drugs, after police raided 25 properties across the region. Two cannabis farms were also uncovered in Sefton and north Liverpool. Superintendent Chris Markey, who led the taskforce, said the raids were about sending out a clear message to potential criminals as well as targeting known thieves.
He said: “Today’s activity is all about going after those we believe to be committing burglary offences. “It also sends a clear message to those individuals intent on committing this crime that there is no hiding place and that we will use all the tools available to us to track them down and bring them to justice.” Operation Cachaille focused on arresting burglars who have been targeting golf clubs across Wirral.
Since April, 11 clubs have been hit, with everything from clothing to golfing equipment to electrical gardening tools being snatched by thieves. Inspector Duncan Swan said the force have already recovered some stolen items and has been reviewing CCTV footage. He told the ECHO: “Our aim is to reduce burglaries by targeting known offenders and establish public confidence by showing that Merseyside Police won’t tolerate these offences.” Seven of the properties targeted today were connected to the golf thefts and police issued one arrest warrant for drug offences related to the burglaries. One man from the Beechwood area, between Bidston and Noctorum – was arrested by 8.30am today as officers raided properties across Birkenhead. Even more arrests are expected throughout the afternoon.
Merseyside has seen a 14% year-on-year fall in burglary rates – but officers warned that numbers can rise by a quarter during the winter months. Superintendent Markey said: “Although we have seen a slight decrease in the number of burglaries, it continues to be a challenging time for us. “However, it’s not just about disrupting the activities of these offenders and preventing them from going about their daily business. We have also stepped up patrols in hotspot areas and are working hard to provide home owners with advice on how to keep their property safe. Many burglaries are preventable by simply locking doors and shutting windows.” Police advise that one in five burglaries can be prevented if people secure their homes better. They suggest that residents lock front and back doors and use an alarm to prevent burglaries. They advise that light timers are also an effective tool to give the impression that someone is at home.
Anyone who has information about crime in their area can call police on 101 or speak to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111