An operation to target burglaries at commercial properties in Newark town centre has seen an arrest and a dramatic fall in reported incidents.
During the last two weeks of September (16 – 30), 11 burglaries or attempted burglaries were reported to Nottinghamshire Police.
Many of these were independent business, run by local residents.
Alongside the investigation, on 1 October, Newark police officers launched a covert operation in a bid to catch offenders in the act.
Plain clothed officers set out on foot, on pushbikes and in covert vehicles and, supported by the CCTV team from Newark and Sherwood District Council, sat out throughout the night and carried out enquiries.
Since the operation began, the team has had no reports of burglaries or attempted burglaries in the town centre.
During the activity, officers arrested Michael Lowe, 31, of Queen’s Court in Newark, and he was later charged in connection with two breaches of a criminal behaviour order and shop theft.
In addition to that, numerous people have been spoken with, stopped and searched where there were grounds to do so.
Inspector Heather Sutton, District Commander for Newark and Sherwood Police, said: “I want every single potential burglar to know there is an ongoing policing operation in Newark town centre and to be warned that if they see someone passing them in the street, they very well may be a plain clothes police officer.
“My team have been working very hard and are dedicated to protecting businesses in Newark, sitting out through the night, often in the pouring rain in order to so.
“Many of these businesses are already struggling due to the impact of the coronavirus health pandemic and they can’t afford to suffer a further blow from an opportunist criminal.”
The Neighbourhood team is continuously evaluating the intelligence picture in the town centre which is used to determine where to place certain resources.
Newark and Sherwood has also received a further boost in numbers in the form of their new Operation Reacher team who will be carrying out numerous operations over the next few days.
If you have any concerns in relation to crime in the area, please contact the Neighbourhood team on 101.