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Thirteen more forces join GPS tagging scheme for burglars

More forces have taken up the GPS tagging system for burglary offenders.

The national scheme to reduce burglary cases by tagging offenders has been rolled out to more forces.

Another 13 forces have joined the pilot scheme where convicted burglars are tracked by a GPS system 24 hours a day - for up to a year - on release from prison.

Derbyshire, Bedfordshire, City of London, Cumbria, Durham, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, The Met, North Wales, Nottinghamshire and Sussex are now part of the initiative.

The system is aimed at tackling the 80% of burglars who re-offend on release.

The scheme was initially launched in six police force areas - Avon and Somerset, Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Gwent, Humberside and West Midlands. 

And it has proved sufficiently successful that in July it was extended to cover North Wales.

The system tracks movements against crime reports and leads to arrest if the two match.

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Angelique Foster said it would increase public confidence and safety – as well as reduce investigation costs.

"People consistently tell me they are worried about burglary and theft. They want to know we are taking every action possible to prevent crime in their communities and this is one of many ways we will do that," she said.

"We know burglars, robbers and thieves are the most likely to reoffend and yet far too many slip under the radar, leaving officers and victims deeply frustrated.”

National Police Chief’s Council Electronic Monitoring Lead, Deputy Chief Constable Jon Stratford said: “Tagging prolific offenders provides a strong deterrent and means officers will be able to quickly arrest and gather evidence against anyone suspected of being involved in a robbery, burglary or other theft.

“This scheme will play a part in our overall work to prevent crime and keep our communities safe.”

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