Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Mounted patrols deter criminals

MOUNTED police officers have been on patrol in Henley to discourage criminals.

MOUNTED police officers have been on patrol in Henley to discourage criminals.

Tim Pollock and Kev Simmonds and their horses Troy and Cesar have been seen around the Greys Road area as well as in Hart Street, Thames Side and Reading Road.

The high-profile patrols have been introduced following a series of burglaries. In the last four weeks, there were break-ins at houses in Hop Gardens, Manor Road and St Mark’s Road.

Pc Pollock said: “We have three aims. The first is to reassure the community that something is being done about its issues. The second is to disrupt he crime trend as criminals don’t want to be where the police are and the third is to get feedback from the community to help solve crime. The horses are a magical instrument in breaking down barriers. We have had only positive feedback.”

Insp Mark Harling, head of Henley police, said the number of burglaries in Henley was small but deterrents were important.

“We are trying to maintain that low figure,” he said. “We are doing this by increasing the number of patrols and keeping up the pressure on would-be criminals.

“The mounted officers are highly visible and are able to get to places quickly should they need to. They are also a good way of engaging with the community in order to get crime prevention messages across.”

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