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Op Highway - reduction in vehicle crime offences for August

There was a 17% reduction in reported vehicle crime across Warwickshire in August, compared with the same month last year.

As a result of Op Highway which was launched in June, continued efforts have been made to tackle vehicle crime across the county.

There were 90 fewer vehicle crime offences reported to Warwickshire Police in August alone, in comparison with the same month in 2017.

There were also 52 arrests, 48 vehicle seizures, 45 traffic offences reported and 66 person and vehicle searches conducted during the month. A number of the arrests were for offences including car key burglaries, theft of and from motor vehicles and a number of wanted persons or individuals wanted on recall to prison. 

Dog handlers and police dogs have helped the operation on a number of occasions, often being used to track and locate suspects.

Inspector Paul Speddings, who is heading up the operation, said: "We're really pleased with the results so far, which I hope help to demonstrate our determination to reduce vehicle crime in the county.

"The operation will continue this month, with more days of action and activities planned.

"I'd like to take this oppurtunity to remind anyone who is thinking of committing vehicle crime within Warwickshire that Operation Highway is in progress, and the chance of you getting caught is real and significant."

Notes to editors: There were 507 reported offences in August 2017 compared with 417 offences in August 2018.

Issued: 10am, Thursday 6 September, HCB, Corporate Communications

Published 06/09/18