Waltham Abbey Crime Briefing (PDF)

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Information about burglaries from the Police.
For more Waltham Abbey Crime maps and information see the facebook page Waltham Abbey Crime.
(The information on this page is provided by the Police who do not promote or endorse the Waltham Abbey Crime facebook page)

Operation INSIGHT is Essex Police’s response to burglaries and is based on the theory of “predictive
policing” which, as the name suggests, is about using a particular form of crime pattern analysis
indicating where crimes are most likely to happen.
Academic research indicates that criminals are habitual in behaviour and go back to the
locations where they have had previous success, this supports the theory of Repeat and Near
Repeat Offending (i.e.; you are more likely to become a victim if you live near a victim).
Predictive Policing uses crime pattern analysis to indicate where offences are most likely to occur
Given the ability to ‘predict crimes’ logic dictates we should concentrate our policing efforts in
these areas which are mapped as circular zones around victim’s addresses.
Resources are directed to conduct intensive patrols within these zones, supported by the process
known as “cocooning”.
These zones are shared with key partners such as Community Safety Accredited organisations,
Following a burglary, we will visit near neighbours, the number of dwellings to be visited will be site
specific, but would normally include 10 houses either side, 10 in front and 5 behind (see map
Attending officers will conduct an initial assessment of security and vulnerability which may inform
referrals to other scheme such as crime prevention officers or local handy man schemes.
These households will receive bespoke crime prevention advice and reassurance.
Staff will also be expected to advise householders of ECM by providing a postcard and
encouraging them to sign up. This process should be followed up by sending an ECM dwelling
burglary message (using standard template) to the local area.

The success of Operation Insight is continually assessed and currently indicates a 9% decrease in
offences year on year.

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