In recent months, there have been a spate of burglaries across Surrey Heath, and residents are understandably alarmed.
On 23 October 2019, Michael wrote to the Chief Constable of Surrey Police, Gavin Stephens, and received a helpful response from Surrey Heath’s Borough Commander, Bob Darkens, which is copied below.
Michael will continue to monitor the situation closely and is campaigning for more police officers in Surrey Heath, and has welcomed the Government’s plan to recruitment 20,000 additional police officers.
Dear Mr Gove,
I am in receipt of your letter dated the 23rd October to the Chief Constable regarding the increase in burglaries in the Windlesham, Bagshot, Lightwater areas over the last few months.
I am of course very aware of these distressing incidents and they have my fullest attention.
So far we have identified that a number of these burglaries have been committed by the same group of criminals due to the similarities in descriptions, vehicles seen and proximity to other burglaries in the same time frame.
We believe that these are criminals travelling from outside of the area; surrounding forces are experiencing similar increases.
As such we have passed these investigations to a specialist department of detectives for further investigation.
The affected areas have been highlighted to my patrol teams, who when they have the capacity to attend these areas will do so.
We also have plain clothes officers patrolling the area.
Unfortunately with the demand we are experiencing in other areas of business coupled with lack of resources we cannot be everywhere all the time.
I have reached out on social media to the community highlighting the good work of neighbourhood watch and encouraging residents to join or set up a local scheme.
Likewise I have signposted towards home security advice making the borough a hostile environment for burglars to target.
Only with the help of the public can we hope to solve this scourge affecting our community.
With best wishes
Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Commander