POLICE in Pembrokeshire have stepped up operations after a spate of burglaries over the past few weeks.

And they have assured the public and businesses that they will see a higher level of police on the streets as they target the offenders.

Specialist resources have been deployed to work alongside response officers to address the issues, and five people have been arrested in connection with the offences.

Ten incidents are being investigated, mainly in Neyland and Milford Haven.

These are mainly at commercial premises but there have also been isolated incidents where residential premises have also been targeted.

The Neighbourhood Policing Team has also been deployed to support victims of crime, and to offer advice on target hardening and crime prevention. 

People living in the area might be aware of a higher than usual police presence, as increased patrols are carried out.

Chief Inspector Louise Harries said: “I am aware of the community concerns in respect of the recent offences in Neyland and Milford and the impact on the victims of these offences.

“We have been conducting targeted patrols, which have already resulted in five arrests, and CID are continuing their investigations.

“Our Neighbourhood Policing Team is providing target hardening advice to premises and will be utilising SelectaDNA forensic marking kits with local businesses.

“We are committed to working with partners and targeting these offenders.

“I would remind people to be vigilant, consider the security of their premises and encourage anyone with any information to come forward.”

The Welsh Bakery in Milford Haven, also known as Gingers, was one of the locations targeted and an appeal for information was put out on their Facebook page.

The business wrote “We are a small local business and we our gutted at what has happened this morning. The place has been entered and valuables have been taken.”