Campaign to clampdown on rising crime levels in Guisborough and across Teesside as Halloween nears (From The Northern Echo)
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"Mischief Night" is no excuse, say police
A RISE in crime on the streets of Guisborough has prompted a police clampdown in the run-up to Halloween.
Cleveland Police say in the last three months anti-social behaviour, burglary and car crime have increased.
The campaign is part of an initiative to run across Teesside and will last several weeks.
Shoplifters will be targeted after an increase in retail crime, and, in Middlesbrough, plain clothed officers will patrol the streets to help drive down burglary rates in the late evenings and early mornings.
In Guisborough, [police will be mounting high visibility patrols on the streets.
Plain clothed officers will also work into the late evening and early hours of the morning in the town, in a bid to identify and arrest those responsible.
Existing high-visibility patrols at shoplifting hot spots such as Asda in South Bank and Cleveland Retail Park will be joined by plain clothes officers to catch criminals in the act.
Extra patrols in Dormanstown will tackle anti social behaviour, criminal damage and vehicle thefts. Officers will be concentrating on clamping down on motorbike thefts after an increase in the amount of stolen bikes ending up in the area.
There will also be more patrols helping to tackle shoplifting in Stockton town centre, and burglary, thefts and retail crime will be targeted elsewhere in Stockton.
Colleagues in Billingham and Norton will tackle metal theft and anti-social behaviour with both uniformed and plain clothes officers working around the clock to drive down these crimes.
Anti-social behaviour problems as well as criminal damage and burglary in Thornaby, Acklam and Coulby Newham will also be targeted in response to concerns from residents.
Hartlepool will also see extra patrols, especially in the Victoria and Burn Valley areas of the town.
Cleveland’s Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: “This serves to focus our efforts and attention on those areas where residents have told us extra help is needed.
“It’s no coincidence that this campaign covers the Halloween and Bonfire Night periods which traditionally lead to an increased workload for police and all emergency services.
“I would therefore like to remind parents and carers of their responsibility to know where their children are and what they are doing.
“In the past this period has been has been interpreted, by some, to excuse criminal and anti-social behaviour. For the sake of clarity, criminal damage and theft are always crimes and will be dealt with robustly by my officers and staff.”
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