§ Mr. Batiste
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to reduce the numbers of burglaries in England.
§ Mr. Maclean
Throughout the country, police forces have set up many initiatives which are successfully impacting on the number of domestic burglaries. The Metropolitan police's operation "Bumblebee" is the most widely known. West Yorkshire has run a "Hands Off" domestic burglary campaign and the Huddersfield division is currently developing and implementing a strategy for preventing repeat burglary. The Home Office will continue to encourage police forces to develop effective anti-burglary initiatives, including the project tackling the problem of repeat victimisation, and will support the police through its crime prevention training, publicity and research programmes.