Video: 'We're out to snare the car criminals'

PUBLISHED: 12:43 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:03 26 October 2009

Neighbourhood inspector Andy Piper and East Herts chief executive Anne Freimanis launch Operation Tarantula

Neighbourhood inspector Andy Piper and East Herts chief executive Anne Freimanis launch Operation Tarantula

CRIMINALS who target cars could soon find themselves trapped in the web of a new police crackdown, codenamed Operation Tarantula. The highly visible operation will make use of various methods to tackle the menace of vehicle crime which has increased sharp

A demonstration

CRIMINALS who target cars could soon find themselves trapped in the web of a new police crackdown, codenamed Operation Tarantula.

The highly visible operation will make use of various methods to tackle the menace of vehicle crime which has increased sharply in the space of a year.

Officers will be executing warrants on a top 10 hit list of persistent and "prolific" known offenders, raising awareness of ways to minimise the risk of car crime and working with leisure providers such as golf clubs and car parks to make sure that their layouts do not make crime easy.

The "year-long living operation" covers Hertfordshire Constabulary's eastern sector, which includes parts of Times Territory.

Speaking at Monday's unveiling, chief inspector Jon Speed said: "East Herts is very much a safe area, and is one of the three lowest crime CDRPs (Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships) in the country.

"However, we have an issue that we want to get on top of."

The presentation featured live tarantulas and a demonstration by an officer of how easy it is to break into a car.

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