Force drive to combat burglary and prevent crime across county

Lancaster University. Stock pic.
Lancaster University. Stock pic.

A successful police operation is returning to the county as part of a drive to combat burglary.

Operation Julius is aimed at preventing crime, targeting criminals and detecting burglaries across the county.

In Lancaster, these efforts will be concentrated on the city’s student population, particularly this year’s new intake at both Lancaster University and the University of Cumbria’s Lancaster campus.

As part of the operation, crime prevention advice will be given to public on the Constabulary’s Twitter @lancspolice and on Facebook with the hashtag #Julius.

Locally, students can also access crime prevention advice via the ‘Lancaster Uni Police’ Facebook page, or on Twitter via the @LancasterUniPol feed.

Community events will also be held by local neighbourhood policing teams across the city to help prevent any of Lancaster’s residents becoming burglary victims.

DS Fiona Jackson of Lancaster CID said; “It is important our residents know that Lancaster is a very safe area to live, with historically low burglary figures that are continuing to fall.

“Our efforts in Lancaster form part of the Constabulary’s county-wide operation, with the aim of educating and increasing the awareness of all our residents of what they can do to help themselves and ensure these figures keep falling.

“However, we are particularly focusing on Lancaster’s student population this year, as many of them are new to the area and often bring valuables, such as laptops, MP3 players and bicycles, with them. “Therefore, we want to make sure they get our safety and security advice messages so that they do everything they can to make sure they don’t become one of the small number of residents in Lancaster that do become a victim of burglary.”

Students in halls are being urged to:

* Always lock your room door and close your windows when leaving your room, even if you’re only leaving to go to the communal bathroom or kitchen, or visit your friend in the next room

* Conceal your valuables whenever you leave your room where possible

* If you have a bicycle, make sure it’s securely locked to the bike railings around campus

* Let the porters know if you’re going away.