A spike in burglaries across Lancashire in the past two months has led to the launch of a new policing operation.
Operation Julius launches today and is aimed at preventing crime, targeting criminals and detecting burglaries across the county.
It comes after figures showed that there has been an increase in burglary between August and September this year when compared to figures for the same time last year.
In August last year there were 92 burglaries in central division, which covers Preston, compared with 175 this year. And in September last year there 89 burglaries compared with 110 this September.
Across the county as a whole there has also been a rise. August 2012 saw 848 burglaries compared to 1,023 this August. In September last year there were 991 compared to 986 this September.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Bates, who is leading the campaign, said: “We have seen a slight increase in burglary over the past couple of months throughout the county which is why it is so important that we are running this campaign, letting burglars know that their crimes will not be tolerated and we know who they are.
“Burglary can have such a negative impact, not only to victims but to the wider community.
“This campaign is about focusing our activities on those people who persistently commit burglary so we can reduce even further the number of victims affected by these crimes.
“We know that on average, nearly a third of household burglaries happen because the resident has left their property insecure.”
Last year’s operation in February 2012 saw a total over 350 people arrested, almost £30,000 of stolen property recovered and 183 search warrants carried out. Officers searched over 2,800 suspects, seized 89 vehicles and visited more than 346 second hand shops.