Dorset Police's Operation Castle preventative campaign began in December 2013 with the aim of reducing burglary offences and targeting prolific offenders.
It has a particular focus over the Christmas and New Year period when historically Dorset experiences a rise in burglary offences.
Officers use of a range of tactics to reduce burglaries and the number of victims of crime. These include stepping up patrols in vulnerable/high risk areas and working with neighbour and community groups to spread the crime prevention message. The Force also targets suspected offenders and works in partnership with other agencies.
The campaign has produced impressive results in recent years. During the December 2013 to January 2014 period, 138 suspected burglars were arrested. There was a 14.9 per cent reduction of burglaries in Dorset , equivalent to approximately 168 fewer homes broken into.
In December 2014 it was revealed that Operation Castle had helped convict 18 of Dorset’s most prolific burglars during 2014 - with them receiving prison sentences totalling 54 years. The 18 were only a handful of many more jailed during 2014 and is a sign that the operation is still working effectively.