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Arrests in Bournemouth for handling stolen goods

Two people have been arrested in Bournemouth as part of an investigation into burglary and handling stolen goods offences.

Today, Monday 8 December 2014, officers carried out warrants at a business address in the Charminster area of the town and arrested two people on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

Two men – both aged 37 and from Bournemouth – are currently assisting police with their enquiries.

Today’s activity follows an investigation led by the Force’s Priority Crime Team under the banner of Operation Castle.

Detective Inspector Andy Dilworth, of Dorset Police’s Priority Crime Team, said: “As part of our ongoing investigation we have uncovered a quantity of items suspected to have been stolen during burglaries.”

Dorset Police will be using a range of tactics for Operation Castle during the Christmas and New Year period in a bid to reduce burglaries in the county – part of the Force’s Christmas campaign ‘Don’t let thieves ruin your Christmas’.

Officers will target suspected offenders, step up patrols in vulnerable areas and target handlers of stolen goods.

DI Dilworth continued: “During Operation Castle we will continue to focus on targeting suspected offenders.

“I am urging the public to help us continue to reduce burglary offences in Dorset by making it hard for offenders to target their property.

“There are some simple crime prevention steps people can take to help reduce the chances of becoming a victim of crime.

“Ensure valuables and popular electrical items such as tablets and laptops are not left on display and that all windows and doors are securely locked when you leave.

“Please store electrical goods and tools in a locked and secure place and, if possible, remove all items from vehicles overnight. I would also urge people to ensure they mark their valuables and tools. Don’t make things easy for thieves.

“My final message to the public is – do not be complacent. If you see someone acting suspiciously in your area, please call us on 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress so we can send officers and investigate.”

Security advice can be found on the Crime Prevention Portal on the Dorset Police website - http://crimeprevention.dorset.police.uk/.

Issued: 8 December 2014