Banbury detectives have said they will ‘never give up the fight’ as they track down what they believe is an organised criminal group responsible for a recent spike in house burglaries in the area.
During the later half of July and throughout August, Banbury homes were hit by a sudden increase in burglaries which police have said they ‘could not have predicted’.
The burglary figures for Thames Valley Police’s Cherwell area, which comprises Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington, are usually down year on year, but this August bucks the trend as there were 20 reported crimes compared to 13 in August last year.
Detective Sergeant Steve Birchall of Banbury CID said: “We have spent a long time and a lot of hard work liaising with other forces and are linking these offences to others in areas such as Milton Keynes, Northampton, Aylesbury and London.
“When you begin to see a connection, these relatively small incidents in various parts of the country become part of a bigger picture.
“We’re very confident we’re looking in the right direction. It is a very big investigation and it may take some time, but we’re never going to let it go.
“Unfortunately, what we’re dealing with is an organised crime group, but we’ll never give up the fight.”
Mr Birchall wanted to stress Cherwell is still a very safe area with low crime figures and added dwelling burglaries were down 60 per cent compared to ten years ago.
“One offence is one too many and Cherwell is still a safe place to live, but we need you to help us to help you by making it more difficult for the offenders,” he said.
He added: “A lot of the time people don’t think about these things because we live in a nice area, but the fact of the matter is that there are some horrible people in the world.
“If we all make it difficult for them, we can push them next door, down the street, to the next town, and, finally, because we live on an island, we can push them into the sea.”