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Operation Highway - tackling vehicle crime in Warwickshire

A policing operation aiming to tackle vehicle crime within Warwickshire has been launched by officers.

Operation Highway began at the beginning of the month and is a county-wide initiative, aiming to reduce vehicle crime through proactive and reactive policing tactics and partnership working.

Between 1 June and 18 June, 19 arrests were made, 16 vehicles were seized and a number of vehicles which were reported stolen have been located and recovered. The arrests were for offences including vehicle interference, going equipped and individuals wanted on warrant. During this time, enhanced patrols have also taken place around known hotspot areas in the county, using a mixture of plain clothed and uniformed officers alongside dog handlers.

Further planned activity is due to take place over the coming months as part of the operation, including continued proactive and reactive patrols, public awareness and crime prevention advice delivered by Safer Neighbourhood Teams and partners, working with neighbouring forces for cross-border intelligence and several 'days of action' taking place across the county.

Inspector Paul Speddings, who is leading on the operation, said: "In line with other forces, unfortunately vehicle crime has become an issue for us over the past year, and a lot of these offences are opportunist.

"We understand the distress and inconvenience that vehicle crime can cause to victims, which is why we are working with colleagues across the county to carry out this operation. We hope that Operation Highway will demonstrate our determination to tackle vehicle crime and will enable us to reduce these offences through a number of policing tactics.

"Taking a few crime prevention measures can help to make a difference in vehicles being targeted, and whilst we are doing all we can to catch those responsible, we would also ask for the public's help to make it even more difficult for offenders. Keep vehicles secure and make them less desirable to offenders by keeping windows and sunroofs closed, double checking all doors are locked, using secure car parks and removing any valuables.

"As a force, we are committed to doing everything within our power to identify, locate and prosecute those who commit vehicle crime."

Issued: 12.30pm, Monday 25 June, HCB, Corporate Communications

Published 25/06/18