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Manchester tops burglary figures

A senior police officer has said tackling burglary is a "top priority" after central Manchester topped a league table of UK break-in "hotspots".

The Home Office data showed Manchester had 35 domestic burglaries per 1,000 households last year, a total of 7,167.

The Conservative Party, which uncovered the figures, said the worst areas had a burglary "in almost every street".

Det Ch Supt Russ Jackson said the Greater Manchester Police area had seen a 40% drop in burglaries since 2000.

In the same table Salford ranked number 20 with 22.3 burglaries per 1000 homes, with a total of 2,181 incidents for 2008-2009.

'Tremendous impact'

The figures emerged as the government revealed which areas of the UK received a proportion of £5m for improving property security.

Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling said: "This increase in burglaries is a big problem, and it's not just down to the recession."

But the government maintains that burglaries have more than halved since 1997.

Greater Manchester Police said it had launched a dedicated crackdown on burglaries called Operation Storm only last week.

Speaking about the initiative, Mr Jackson said: "In the last week alone we have made 250 arrests, executed 150 warrants and recovered close to half a million pounds worth of property.

"We understand that burglary has a tremendous impact on people's lives, which is why we are taking this tough action and will continue to do so in the future."

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