Op Calibre, a national initiative to tackle personal robbery, launched yesterday in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire.
It’s a national week of police intensification dedicated to taking action against personal robbery, and sharing crime prevention advice to help you keep your belongings safe when you’re out and about.
Anyone can become a target of robbery and offenders often target some of the most vulnerable people in society, including children. The threats and extreme violence that may be used can be incredibly traumatic for victims.
This week-long operation aims to disrupt and target habitual offenders to take them off the street. It’s not just about enforcement though; there is also a big focus on education, engagement and prevention.
Detective Chief Inspector Ross Jones said: “Thankfully, rates of personal robbery are low in our area and are continuing to decrease. This isn’t something we take for granted though and officers work day and night year-round to tackle this highly traumatic crime.
“This week of intensification gives us the opportunity to target habitual offenders who are intent on committing crime.
“Tackling robbery requires a multi-faceted response. We can’t do it alone, which is why as part of our prevention work we continue our ongoing engagement with partners such as schools, charities and retailers. This gives us the opportunity to offer advice to those who are most at risk of becoming a victim, as well as to educate and engage with those who may be at risk of committing this type of crime.
“We’re sending a message to those who think it is ok to commit a robbery and inflict violence in our communities: we will not tolerate this. You will end up facing significant consequences and we will catch you.”
Below are some simple steps that you can take to reduce your risk of becoming a victim: