Police target Burnley car thieves

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POLICE have launched a major drive to combat vehicle crime in the area.

Operation Fortress will run throughout October and is aimed at preventing crime, targeting criminals and detecting vehicle crime in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale.

Officers will be executing warrants, carrying out high visibility patrols and using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) to target travelling criminals.

Det. Insp. Jes Holland said: “Car crime remains low but we are determined to keep it that way. This operation is aimed at further reducing the number of these crimes and we will be doing a lot of work to prevent offences and target offenders.

“Our dedicated neighbourhood policing teams will be carrying out extra high visibility patrols in and around areas where there have been problems in order to help deter thieves and reassure residents.

“We will continue to work with local councils and other agencies including Neighbourhood Watch to address issues such as car crime.

“Having you car broken into can be costly and inconvenient but the chance of it happening can be significantly reduced if people simply make sure their vehicle is locked and remove valuables from display.”

Anyone with any information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.