‘Trap’ vehicles are being placed in the Leighton Buzzard area as the police try a new tactic to combat thefts from motor vehicles.
The Leighton Buzzard Community Policing team has launched the operation as a direct response to local concerns regarding recent thefts, from vans in particular.
They describe Operation Kane as a complex operation, which involves placing ‘trap’ vehicles in affected communities. The vehicles, and the items placed inside them, are fitted with a tracker and are fully traceable.
Therefore offenders who attempt to steal the vehicle or the tools inside it can be quickly identified and apprehended.
They say the operation has been carefully planned between a number of the force’s departments and the local community team.
PC James Bonney, community policing officer who initiated this operation, said: “We are placing trap vehicles in neighbourhoods within Leighton Buzzard and surrounding rural areas to tackle this crime which can have a crippling effect on victims, costing them thousands and impacting their ability to do their job.
“We want to send a clear message to the perpetrators. If you are planning to commit a crime and steal a vehicle or anything in it – think twice.
“Your next target may be one of our traps and police officers are just around the corner.
“Local residents can also help us by removing tools, equipment and other valuables from their vehicles overnight.”
More information on how to property mark your tools and advice around protecting your vehicle can be found on the Beds Police website https://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/.