Police launch crackdown on violent crime in Rugby - The Rugby Observer

Police launch crackdown on violent crime in Rugby

Rugby Editorial 23rd Mar, 2021   0

A NEW crackdown on serious and violent crime in Rugby borough has been launched by Warwickshire Police.

Under Operation Reduce, officers will gather intelligence and carry out high visibility reassurance patrols while targeting prolific offenders using stop-and-search powers among other tactics.

A Warwickshire Police spokesperson said they would aim to educate potential victims, parents, teachers, and the wider community about the dangers of being involved in serious and violent crime – as well as the wider issues it can affect such as drug use, gangs and exploitation.

Operation Reduce is also aiming to target individuals who may be more susceptible to becoming involved in crime while engaging with the community and encouraging them to report any suspicious activity.

It has been launched on the back of Operation Spigot, which was launched in October 2020 following a number of knife crime incidents in the borough, and has led to multiple arrests and successful convictions.

Det Ch Insp Neil Reader said: “As part of Operation Spigot, we have sought to raise awareness of the dangers of knife crime and how it can have a negative impact on everyone.

“Operation Reduce will look to build on the success of Operation Spigot, continue the good work that has been done as well as aiming to further drive down the level of serious and violent crime in Rugby – particularly among young people.

“Rugby borough is a safe place to live, work and visit and while incidents of violence are not high in number, the impact on those who may witness them can be lasting and shocking.”

He said residents would see an increase in police activity as they aim to reduce violence, arrest offenders, and work with partners to reassure and support anyone affected by these kind of incidents.

He added: “The force takes all incidents of violence seriously and there is no place for the use of weapons in any attack on our streets. We will strive to carry out thorough investigations and where possible, ensure those who are involved are brought to justice.

“We all have a duty to keep our communities and our streets safe and we’re asking everyone to play their part in our ongoing bid to drive down the level of serious and violent crime within the borough.

“We appreciate it’s not always easy to report things but if something doesn’t look quite right or you see If you see someone acting suspiciously, please get in touch.”

Report information to police by calling 101, or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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