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Burglary: Shropshire

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 6 April 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce the number of burglaries in Shropshire. (325416)

Tackling burglary is the responsibility of local community safety partnerships.

During 2009-10 the Government have supported the work of community safety partnerships by investing £15 million in the Securing Homes: Action Against Burglary programme to prevent and tackle burglary across England and Wales. The elements of the programme which included Shropshire included:

free burglary information and advice packs for victims of burglary and their immediate neighbours;

a campaign to raise awareness of how to avoid becoming a victim of distraction burglary;

new partnerships with the National Union of Students and Age UK to target advice appropriately at those most at risk of or concerned about burglary.

The Home Office also ran a national publicity campaign Don’t Advertise Your Stuff to Thieves earlier this year drawing the public’s attention to the simple steps they could take to avoid becoming victims of burglary.

We are also keeping pressure on prolific and persistent burglars through offender-based interventions such as the Drugs Intervention Programme (DIP) and the Prolific and Priority Offender (PPO) programme and Integrated Offender Management (IOM). PPO and DIP are in place in every local authority area in England and Wales and IOM approaches are being adopted across the country.

Shropshire are currently in the process of setting up a local IOM pilot.