Burglaries down by a third during five-day crackdown

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A crackdown on criminal behaviour has yielded results for West Yorkshire Police.

Operation Venom has stung criminals by reducing incidents of burglary by almost a third.

Compared with the same period last year rates of burglary have been cut by 33 per cent across the force.

And, during the five days of intensive police activity on the county’s roads, 25 vehicles were seized - mostly for being driven without insurance.

Six stolen vehicles have also been recovered.

Twenty three people were arrested for a variety of offences including burglary, robbery, money laundering and theft.

These included three burglary suspects who were arrested by new Deputy Chief Constable Dee Collins, who was out on patrol with a Roads Crime Team unit.

Operation Venom formed part of West Yorkshire Police’s Viper initiative, which sees additional resources being used to turn the tables on those involved in criminality and target the county’s most prolific criminals.

The scale of the activity saw over 400 people stopped by officers and in excess of 520 vehicles checked on police systems.

Central to the five days of action was the mass deployment of all specialist police vehicles onto the county’s roads from last Wednesday through to Sunday morning.

The unprecedented activity- a first for West Yorkshire Police- saw all vehicles with West Yorkshire Police insignia being sent out en masse and is believed to have tripled the normal deployment of police vehicles on the county’s road network.

Senior managers and special constables supplemented advanced police drivers in order to crew over 60 vehicles which included cars, vans, 4x4 vehicles and motorbikes.

Superintendent Pat Casserly, who led the operation, said: “This was a highly visible and highly effective operation which helped us to further drive down crime and burglary.

“Our aim was to get as many vehicles out there as possible and transfer the fear of crime onto the criminals themselves. We’ve done that and the figures back up the difference this operation has made.”


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