Eight arrests were made in the Aylesbury Vale as part of Thames Valley Police’s hugely successful 100 Days Of Action initiative which saw them blitz rural crime in the countryside around Leighton-Linslade.
The campaign, which was targeting different parts of TVP’s patch each week, saw farms, villages and whole communities come under scrutiny.
Among the arrests were four cross border burglars, arrested near Wing, in possession of stolen jewellery from a burglary in Warwickshire.
The four men were arrested during a 4x4 patrol of the rural areas. While a car was being pursued by police, a bag which was found to contain jewellery and cash was thrown from the vehicle.
Once the car had been pulled over, the men, a 35-year-old from Leighton, a 38-year-old from Witney, a 21-year-old from Edgware and a 24-year-old from High Wycombe were arrested on suspicion of burglary.
The burglary is believed to have taken place at a property in Warwickshire. All four men have been transferred to Warwickshire Police.
Another operation around Great Brickhill, Wing and Ivinghoe areas resulted in three men being arrested and subsequently charged with committing a burglary at Buckingham University.
During the week 1,600 addresses were visited, ranging from private and Stately homes to cafes, schools, heritage sites and farms. As well as proactively tackling crime there was a big push for crime prevention and improved security. In some cases officers attempted to sign up whole villages to Thames Valley Alerts, a messaging system.
In the Cheddington area 154 homes signed up with another 150 in Newton Longville.
An ANPR operation set up on the Bedfordshire border at Edlesborough flagged up 38 vehicles of interest out of the 2,005 vehicles which drove past. They were all for traffic offences such as no insurance and all were pulled over and dealt with.
The campaign has had a big effect on crime figures. There were 34 crimes reported during the second week of September last year compared to just six this year.
James Davies, Rural Neighbourhood Inspector for the Aylesbury Vale who spearheaded the operation, told the LBO: “Aylesbury Vale Local police area has now completed the first part of 100 Days of Action.
“This was an operation focussed on rural crime. Our proactive operation resulted in eight arrests and PCSOs and Aylesbury Vale District Council attended over 1600 addresses to deliver crime reduction advice.
“Apart from the rural team working a number of rest days this is business as usual for us, although we plan a further five days in January and hopefully we will be just as successful.
“In the meantime we will be embarking on our burglary reduction operation covering the autumn/winter periods – rurally we will be concentrating on the areas around Cheddington.”