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Lean time for criminals.

PEOPLE across the West Midlands beat the burglars by helping cut crime over Halloween and Bonfire Night.

New figures just released by West Midlands Police showed crime fell by 13 per cent against last year's figures in the seven days when both celebrations fell.

House burglaries dropped by six per cent, criminal damage to vehicles was down by more than 19 per cent and serious assaults in public dropped by more than 17 per cent.

Just before Halloween and Bonfire Night, West Midlands Police launched Operation Serene, aimed at reducing crime during a traditionally busy period.

Supt Chris McKeogh said he was pleased with the results but warned against complacency.

"A combination of the clocks going back followed by Halloween and Bonfire Night means a spike in crime," he said. "We would urge people to continue to be vigilant and take simple but sensible precautions."
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