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Loud hailers a success for police

Police officer with loud hailer
Police say burglaries in the east of the county have dropped

Equipping officers with loud hailers has brought down the number of burglaries in parts of Northampton, police have said.

Northamptonshire Police gave officers the devices in May to tell householders when they saw buildings or property that could be at risk of burglary.

The scheme has been hailed a success as burglaries fell from 18 to eight a week in the east sector of the town.

Police said traditional tactics to stop burglaries had not been working.

Insp Daemon Johnson said: "The campaign had an extremely positive impact, while also proving successful in raising awareness of the issue.

"This was a tactic that we needed to employ because traditional methods of tackling burglaries were not having the desired effect.

"But we need people to stay vigilant and make sure they keep their windows and doors shut in rooms they are not using during the day and night."

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