Massive drop in burglaries after police crackdown

Sgt Andy Rivers, back row far right, with fellow officers and councillors

Sgt Andy Rivers, back row far right, with fellow officers and councillors


Undercover police officers targeted Leighton’s housing estates after an upsurge in burglaries during the past four weeks.

Leighton police officers say the crackdown, following a spike of 25 break-ins in 28 days, has resulted in a massive drop.

There have been just two burglaries in the past seven days thanks to the watchful eye of plain-clothed officers and a leafleted warning to remind people to double lock their doors.

The police alert comes after it has been revealed that around 40% of the burglaries would not have happened, if houses had been securely locked.

Sgt Andy Rivers, who was recently based permanently in the town’s station after taking over the position in October last year, says he urges the public to work with the police to fight crime.

Mr Rivers, who spent 13 years working in Luton before moving over to Ampthill Police Station, said: “If it looks wrong, and it feels wrong, then ring it in.

“We’ll decide whether it needs a response, but if we’re not called there’s nothing we can do.

“I would urge people as much as I can to report it.

“Policing is about gut reaction and everyone gets that feeling, so act on it.

“From an intelligence point of view, the best people to let us know about things are the people living here.

“It’s the members of the community who ring us in at the right time who allow us to catch criminals committing a crime.”

Sgt Rivers brought an experienced officer from Dunstable with him when he transferred to Leighton in October and was also joined by three new PCSOs.

“I jumped at the chance to move over here because it’s a bigger area, more demands, more crime and I felt if I came here I could have an impact on what is going on.

“Leighton needed a Sergeant and this team needed a Sergeant and somebody to support them and be here all the time.

“It is a terrific team; they’re so dynamic. They have the same mental approach as I do that what happens in Leighton is their concern; we don’t want crime here, we want it to stop.

“I’ve got my team’s strength up to eight, which is effectively a 100 per cent increase within two or three weeks.

“I want to reduce crime and the fear of crime as much as I can.”




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