RURAL burglars are being targeted by police after more than 100 thefts in Huntingdonshire in four months.

Officers have launched Operation Twist to tackle the number of crimes after 115 burglaries were committed since November - the equivalent of one a day.

Detective Inspector Jon McAdam, who is leading the operation, believes they are part of a linked series of burglaries, and the offenders potentially travelling in from outside the district, because of the sporadic nature of the crimes.

A large number of the offences have taken places while people have been away but detectives believe offenders are targeting homes during the day, entering from the back of the property.

DI McAdam said: "Over the past four months we have noticed an increase in burglaries in rural villages in Huntingdonshire. Operation Twist will see increase patrols in rural villages, as well as investigative and forensic work to target those responsible.

"Releasing these figures is not about scaring people, as in reality people living in Huntingdonshire are less than one per cent likely to become a victim of burglary.

"In fact, there has been an average of one burglary a day across Huntingdonshire. However, it is important that we raise awareness of this series as the public play a vital part in helping us to prevent further offences as well as catching those responsible."

Areas that have been targeted include Alconbury, Brampton, Grafham, Stilton, Great Gidding, Ellington, Buckden, Hilton, Fenstanton, Hail Weston, Easton, and Needingworth.

He added: "We are working closely with crime teams across the county as well as other forces to share information about these offences.

"It's important people remain alert to activity in their neighbourhood, reporting anything out of the ordinary or suspicious to police.

"By taking simple preventative measure people can further reduce the risk of becoming a victim."

INFORMATION: Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.