We need to be very clear that the level of house burglary in Greater Manchester is totally unacceptable and it is something we all need to work to reduce. Many of these burglaries involve items being taken from people who did not have a lot to start off with. Many exploit the fact that the city attracts so many students and visitors who may not be as street wise as local residents. It is a reputation we don't want.
The so-called 'credit crunch' may create the temptation for some to try a false insurance claim. This is something we are onto and where we have suspicions we will be following them up.
Burglary is a particularly upsetting crime and we need to ensure we treat it seriously. We also need people's help to reduce opportunities for burglars, to report any suspicions and to destroy the market in stolen goods.
The police need to put the pressure on burglars by searching their houses, seizing their criminal assets, meeting them when they are released from prison, stopping them when they are out and about, and ensuring we gather quality evidence to secure convictions.
At the same time many burglars have drug habits and in the spirit of a 'carrot and stick' approach we need to ensure drug treatment and support services are available to encourage them to deal with their addictions - not an easy thing.
It is not all gloomy news as robbery is reducing as are most types of violent crime. Our efforts to disrupt local gang activity involving firearms also continues to benefit from the determined efforts of officers. We now need to repeat this success against the burglars.