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Vigilance brings fall in crimes.

CRIME in the region fell during Halloween and Bonfire Night celebrations after the launch of a police initiative.

Figures released by West Midlands Police showed a 13 per cent drop in offences between October 30 and November 6 compared with the same period in 2006.

Offences of house burglary dropped by 6 per cent, criminal damage to vehicles was down 19 per cent and serious assaults in a public place fell by more than 17 per cent.

Operation Serene encouraged members of the public to protect themselves and their property.

Superintendent Chris McKeogh said: "We know that a combination of the clocks going back followed by Halloween and Bonfire Night means a spike in crime...We hoped that by mounting an awareness-raising campaign, we could encourage people to continue to be vigilant."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 12, 2007
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