Burglary-hit homes get doorbell cameras used to help snare criminal duo
Gadgets like those used to help put two criminals behind bars are being given away to shield more households from burglars.
Police are giving 50 doorbell cameras to recent break-in victims in an effort to enhance home security and cut crime.
Last September, one helped seal the conviction of Neil Charles, who was jailed for four years after admitting three attempted burglaries in Bury St Edmunds.
Charles, of Beaumont Close, triggered a doorbell camera as he attempted to burgle a home in Horsecroft Road, which he admitted trying to break into on two occasions after seeing footage.
Meanwhile, a youth recently received 12 months in custody for a number of offences, including an attempted burglary in Ipswich, where he was caught on camera.
Detective Superintendent Andy Smith said: “There is no doubt that the quality of footage from the video doorbell captured during these offences led to guilty pleas in both cases.
Home security firm Ring supplied the cameras for properties targeted by burglars, or in susceptible areas of Ipswich.
Det Supt Smith added: “It has been really gratifying for us to deliver this enhanced service and we hope these cameras will bring some peace of mind to victims.
“We recognise the huge potential for technology, such as video doorbells and other remote monitored security cameras, to help catch criminals and prevent crime.”
Police recorded 2,172 burglaries in the 12 months to September 2017, compared with 1,362 in 2016.
This paper is today launching a ‘Beat the Burglar’ campaign, highlighting efforts to empower homeowners, and ensuring those responsible are duly punished.
Det Supt Smith said: “I’d take this opportunity to remind everyone that burglary remains a priority for our force, and that we will take robust action against anyone we suspect to be involved in this type of crime.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: “It’s excellent news that Ring has generously donated these doorbell cameras, and I believe this will help catch criminals and get them prosecuted and brought to justice.”
Ring’s Dave Chattaway said: “We’re proud to assist Suffolk police with the installation of proactive, convenient security solutions to homeowners who have been a victim of burglary, and to help give them peace of mind in their homes.”
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