Police op cuts thefts from vehicles at beauty spots

Inspector Emma Garside
Inspector Emma Garside

An operation co-ordinated by Buckingham Police Sgt Paul Cladingboel has helped slash the number of theft from cars parked in beauty spots in Aylesbury Vale during the summer months.

Operation Aim was carried out by members of the Aylesbury Vale rural neighbourhood team supported by members of the Special Constabulary between March and September this year.

There were 24 instances where cars had been broken into and items stolen, compared with 38 instances in the same period in the previous year and 59 instances in 2009.

Officers carried out both high-visibility and covert patrols and issued crime reduction advice at known hotspots for thefts.

Insp Emma Garside said: “I am delighted with the result of Operation Aim this year. I thought it would be difficult to match the results from the previous year, but to beat them is an outstanding effort.

“We combined the use of a number of tactics to ensure that suspected offenders were disrupted and the public were aware they were parking in a place known to be used by criminals.”