ON the day Suffolk Police launched an anti-burglary bus advert, one of its own police stations was burgled.
Speaking at the unveiling of a bus bearing the message ‘Close it, lock it, check it’, Suffolk Assistant Chief Constable Paul Marshall said: “More than a quarter of all domestic burglaries in Suffolk are as a result of an insecurity – an unlocked door, an open window. It is important that people realise how they can avoid becoming a victim of burglary by following simple crime prevention advice.”
But within hours the police became burglary victims themselves when Bury St Edmunds police station in Raingate Street was broken into on Wednesday last week.
Security there is being reviewed. A police spokesman said: “Although there was this breach in building security, confidential documents were not compromised.”
Police confirmed the station was broken into but have not said whether the burglar used an unlocked door or open window to get in.
The chance to put a crime prevention message on a bus was offered to the police by First Group when it wanted to update the livery on some vehicles. The police were given the mobile advertising for a year at cost price.
Oliver Walters, from CBS Outdoor UK which looks after all the UK’s major bus operators’ advertising, said: “It is rare that such an opportunity comes up – and when it does, it is always good to maximise the opportunity by working with local partners that otherwise might not be able to run to this sort of project.”
Based at the Ipswich depot, its routes take it as far as Stowmarket.
n Ian Crosby, 31, of Ferneley Crescent, Newmarket, was due to appear today at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court charged with burglary and two counts of criminal damage. Crosby will also appear on three drugs offences dating back to October 2009.