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SUFFOLK — Police are kicking off a new campaign, dubbed Winter Western Shield, to keep the county’s burglary rate low during the winter months.

RAFs Lakenheath, Feltwell and Mildenhall all are in Suffolk County.

A police news release announcing the campaign states that the county traditionally has a very low burglary rate but that the program is aimed at keeping it as low as possible, as hours of darkness increase every day.

“We sometimes see an increase in offenses as the nights draw in,” said Detective Inspector Mark Jepson. “During the summer it can be difficult for a burglar to see if a house is empty or not.

“However, in the darkness that winter provides, a passing burglar can make a very quick assumption as to whether or not you are at home,” he said.

Jepson recommended that people keep lights on in their homes, preferably on a timer. The news release also reminds residents to keep doors and windows locked.

“Despite the cold weather, you will be surprised how many people do not follow this very simple method of making things difficult for a burglar,” Jepson said.

Police will try to identify homes that look unoccupied and will deliver crime-reduction advice.

“Delivering advice to homes that we have identified as being vulnerable has quite an impact,” said Jepson. “If we can see that a home is unoccupied, then so can a burglar.”

Americans also have recently been targeted by burglars.

A 29-year-old heroin addict was recently sentenced to 2½ years in prison for burglary of at least two Air Force members’ homes. He was quoted in press reports as saying that Americans “are not in the habit of locking their doors.”

Flood of information targets alcohol-fueled crimesSUFFOLK — Police are targeting alcohol-related crime in a campaign that runs through Christmas, according to a news release, as part of a nationwide alcohol misuse enforcement effort.

Suffolk will be taking a number of steps to inform the public about alcohol-related crime and to target offenders. Leaflets, posters and bar coasters will be used in the information campaign.

Police will be increasing patrols in town centers and bar areas during the campaign and will deploy vehicles equipped with closed-circuit cameras to deter or record anti-social behavior.

“We know that a large proportion of violent crime is alcohol related,” said Suffolk Constabulary Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Peter Worobec. “And our action in the run-up to Christmas is aimed at not only preventing and detecting these offenses, but also providing a highly-visible reassuring presence in our towns at night.

“Our message is clear: go out and have a good time, but don’t overstep the mark,” he said.

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