A new operation to crack down on burglary by reducing the sale of stolen goods has been launched in the south of the county.
Essex Police say Operation Sledge aims to reduce break-ins in Southend, Rochford, Castle Point, Basildon and Thurrock by making it difficult for burglars to sell on stolen items.
Officers will be circulating information of recently stolen items to secondhand dealers and encouraging them to notify police should they be offered them for sale and making them aware of burglars known to be operating in the area.
Members of the public are also being urged to do their bit to help reduce burglary by reporting suspicious behaviour and making sure their homes are secure.
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