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A burglar who carried out a number of break ins in the Grove Park area has been given a two and a half year prison sentence.

At the end of August and into the first two weeks of September, police reported what was described as "a sudden and significant rise" in burglaries in a small area encompassing St Mary's Grove, Gordon Road, Wolseley Road and surrounding streets.

They suspected that these may have been committed by one individual and after using the neighbourhood policing teams and the crime squad from Hounslow, the male was arrested on the 14th September.

He was charged with the offence of burglary, remanded to court where he was subsequently sentenced to 2.5 years in prison.

After his arrest, the burglaries in this area ceased.

Across the borough police have just launched a campaign to combat burglary on the run up to
Christmas, which will include targeted patrols and crime prevention work. They are also
trying to visit a street each week to support this and help in making homes safe from thieves.

One of the major contributors to crime in Chiswick has been offenders on mopeds, with often the bikes being stolen to use for making a quick getaway after a theft.

Police have increased visibility in the worst affected areas and have been stopping a significant number of two wheeled vehicles to identify offenders and to give advice to those who own vehicles to prevent them being stolen.

Turnham Green Ward still reports theft from major vehicles as a high priority with a rise in offences recently - 20 reported in September- the Dolman Road is a particular hot spot. Again the bulk of these offences are carried out by thieves using mopes to get away fast.

June and July saw 13 bikes reported stolen across the Riverside ward, but this has reduced to two being reported in September in Riverside- the police say that bike marking events significantly help and urge people to attend their regular sessions.

November 11, 2016

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