THE initiative was inspired by local residents who listed burglary as the biggest problem for police to tackle Photo: SWNS Cambridgeshire Constabulary gave a workshop to 50 binmen on how to spot suspicious activity in the villages of Comberton and Swavesey. Sergeant Paul Robinson said the initiative was inspired by local residents who listed burglary as the biggest problem for police to tackle. He said: "Some refuse collectors have been victims of burglary and understood all too well the frustrations and upset that can be caused by this crime. "It could be that someone has spotted something suspicious, which they may not have recognised before, which enables us to build our intelligence items on burglars. "Or perhaps someone will now spot a burglar trying the door handles of properties to gain entry, or be alert to someone walking around the back of a property." Cambridgeshire Constabulary also has plans to extend the briefings to other key members of the community including ambulance drivers and health professionals. Mark Wallace, a spokesman for the TaxPayers' Alliance, branded the idea a "farce" and said catching thieves should be the responsibility of police. He said: "And we thought PCSOs were dumbed-down policing. There is no substitute for having proper police out on the beat catching criminals. "What local residents want is for people to do the jobs assigned to them. "So binmen should focus on collecting the bins as regularly as possible and the police should focus on policing." He added: "This project is another excuse to reduce the number of real police officers on the beat."