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Judges urged to 'jail burglars'

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Operation Nemesis will run for three months

The chief constable of Hampshire police has written to crown court judges in the county urging them to jail burglars.

Police have launched Operation Nemesis in response to a 15% rise in home burglaries between April and November last year compared to 2007.

Police said the figures revealed 3,994 homes had been raided.

Chief Constable Alex Marshall said he could not advise judges on sentences but supported stiffer jail terms.

He said: "I am keen to see burglars remanded in custody and receiving prison sentences.

We must ensure that all burglary victims are visited by the police
Chief Constable Alex Marshall

"We hope to turn people away from offending and it's clear that a burglar in prison will not be committing any burglaries."

On the letter written to Hampshire judges, he said: "I alerted them to Operation Nemesis so they understand what the police and other agencies are doing over the next three months as we think many of the people we arrest will be in the crown courts."

He said a priority was improving the force's detection rate of 16.5% - compared to a national rate of 21%.

Operation Nemesis was launched on Monday but has been running since 5 January with 147 suspects arrested so far.

Chief Constable Marshall added: "We need to build more confidence in the police, especially with rural communities and small businesses.

"We must ensure that all burglary victims are visited by the police."

Operation Nemesis will run for three months when the results will be evaluated.

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