OPERATION INTRUSIVE LAUNCHED IN WALSALL
10 January 2011
OPERATION INTRUSIVE LAUNCHED
Walsall police have launched a three month blitz to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour across the borough.
Operation Intrusive, is a force-wide campaign which begins today and which aims to tackle burglary, vehicle crime, robbery, criminal damage and anti-social behaviour and runs between Jan-March 2011.
In Walsall, a special proactive team has been set up for the duration of Operation Intrusive, consisting of a police sergeant and ten constables. The team will carry out both high- profile and covert tactics to tackle crime in targeted areas across the borough.
These tactics include the hard targeting by police of prolific offenders who are committing crime in Walsall, plain clothes operations, as well as high-visibility patrols in hot spots areas which have suffered crimes.
In addition, local neighbourhood police officers, together with Area Partnership Teams, will carry out co-ordinated crime prevention advice and interventions.
Activities include a number of addresses being visited and residents having specialist equipment fitted, including alarms and locks.
A number of households will also have ' smartwater ' packs delivered. These packs enable all property, including jewellery and smaller items to be invisibly marked with a unique code which is detected under ultra violet lights. This acts as a deterrent to criminals as all property found on them during an arrest can be identified if stolen.
As part of the initiative, officers from the local neighbourhood teams and the Walsall Police Partnerships Team aim to promote and increase the number of Neighbourhood Watch and voluntary groups across the borough.
Anyone arrested for anti-social behaviour in hot spot areas will be tackled by the Area Managers, who will look to use the full array of powers each partner agency has in order to address these priority community concerns.
As part of the operation, local officers will also be using public transport in a bid to disrupt crime on buses and they will also be patrolling on cycles to target alleyways, subways and other off road areas which crime is committed.
Officers will be working alongside their partners from Trading Standards to carry out test purchase operations on shops and pubs selling alcohol to youngsters and will also take part in local school truancy patrols, for a co-ordinated approach to tackling issues affecting local communities across Walsall Borough.
Traffic accident hotpots have also been identified and a number of traffic and Automatic number place recognition (ANPR) operations will take place.
During the crackdown, officers will distribute information to residents and posters informing communities that officers are in the area targeting criminals will be placed.
Supt Keith Fraser, head of local policing for Walsall said:" Operation Intrusive is an opportunity for us to continue the focus we had in this area over the later part of last year. In a nutshell I want us to stop those crimes and incidents that are impacting on the people of Walsall and improve the quality of our service. I am looking forward to working with our partners to achieve this.
As part of Operation Intrusive information can be submitted to police by calling 0345 113 5000 or via the website http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/np/walsall/index.asp. or by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 5555 111.