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Redbridge Police to film burglars and crime hotspots

PUBLISHED: 12:40 22 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:41 22 September 2015

A body-worn video (BMV) camera, which was trialled by the Metropolitan Police earlier this year. Redbridge Police could use cameras like these to film burglary suspects. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Archive/PA Images

A body-worn video (BMV) camera, which was trialled by the Metropolitan Police earlier this year. Redbridge Police could use cameras like these to film burglary suspects. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Archive/PA Images

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In an effort to tackle burglary in the borough police officers will be overtly filming individuals suspected of burglary and attempting to burgle.

Precise details of the new scheme are waiting to be confirmed but the Recorder understands that officers will also be filming crime hotspots to act as a deterrent.

Sgt Matt Taylor, of Redbridge Proactive Task Force, said: “Burglary will not be tolerated in Redbridge.

“It is a very invasive, personal crime that can have long-lasting emotional effects on victims.

“Officers will be using this tactic to prevent burglary and disrupt any criminal activity found to be taking place in the borough.”

The scheme began across the borough yesterday and will stop at 3:20pm on October 17.

Sgt Taylor added: “Filming will enable us to identify offences and capture evidence and act as a deterrent in hotspot areas.”

In the last 12 months burglary was the second most common crime in Redbridge, with 2,443 recorded incidents, after violence against the person.

Redbridge Police hope the recordings will help bring offenders to justice.

A police spokeswoman confirmed anyone who is filmed will be given a notice to explain the process.

What do you think of the new scheme? Vote in our poll or email ralph.blackburn@archant.co.uk.

For a full on the filming see Thursday’s Recorder.


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