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New Solihull police chief promises burglary blitz

BURGLARS beware! That's the message from the borough's new police chief, who has pledged to get tough on burglary and car crime.

BURGLARS beware! That's the message from the borough's new police chief, who has pledged to get tough on burglary and car crime.

Chief Superintendent Carl Foulkes, who took over as Solihull police commander last month, said he will make both a priority.

"I feel particularly passionate about domestic burglary," he told the Solihull Times.

"I think people feel, quite rightly, that their home is a safe place and it's very upsetting when someone shatters that idea. We want to send a clear message to people that this is not something we're prepared to tolerate."

Although crime in the borough has fallen overall, figures released earlier this year revealed house burglaries increased by 22 per cent from April 2007 to March 2008.

While vehicle-related crimes dropped by 23.3 per cent over the same twelve month period, officers was keen to further reduce the number of offences.

According to Chief Supt Foulkes, one of the main challenges of policing an area like Solihull is recognising the differences between rural neighbourhoods and urban areas.

"I'm a great believer in policing in the communities we serve. We have a station in Balsall Common which has proven very successful and I think it's important that we don't neglect the areas in the south."

In the run-up to Christmas, Solihull police will be running initiatives and Chief Supt Foulkes is confident they will help to stop criminals in their tracks.

"We will be running an operation in the town centre to make sure that that people have a safe and enjoyable night out during the festive season," he explained.

"It's a busy time of year with the darker mornings and shorter days and we want to make sure people are vigilant - some people still leave their engine running while they're clearing ice off the car."

 

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