Cleveland Police Supports Operation Calibre - National Week of Action to Tackle Personal Robbery
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Operation Calibre launches in Cleveland today, an initiative to tackle personal robbery during a week of intensification activity (Mon 20th to Sunday 26th November).
During the week, officers from Cleveland Police will increase patrols in hotspot areas known for robberies and target known offenders.
In the last six months to November 2023, there have been 392 reports of personal robbery across the Force area, which is a reduction of over 17%.
Robbery can happen to anyone, often vulnerable members of society are targeted, such as children or elderly people, and threats of violence are often used which can have a long-lasting impact upon a victim’s confidence and life.
Officers will also be engaging with partner agencies and local businesses and educational establishments throughout the week to raise awareness and talk about prevention and enforcement, all of which are important to helping reduce personal robbery.
Force lead on robbery, Detective Chief Inspector Deb Fenny said: “We are committed to reducing the number of victims of robbery within Cleveland and committed to reducing violence across the Force area.
“Robbery can have a devastating impact upon victims, leaving them with long-lasting trauma and fear, and some of our most vulnerable in society being targeted. This won’t be tolerated, those who commit robbery will be dealt with robustly and they will face the consequences of their actions in court.
“Officers will be proactively targeting hotspot areas with high visibility patrols, reassuring communities and targeting known offenders. We will also be carrying out engagement by going into schools and liaising with partner agencies and charities to raise awareness and highlight preventative measures that can be taken.
“Anyone who is a victim of robbery is urged to report it to police so that the appropriate action can be taken.”
More information on Operation Calibre and preventative measures can be found on the Cleveland Police website: www.cleveland.police.uk