Norfolk Police in scrap metal theft crackdown
Police in Norfolk are attempting to tackle a rise in scrap metal thefts during a month-long campaign.
Roadblocks are being rolled out across the county as part of Operation Radar, and officers have been assigned to scrap yards to advise staff.
Officers will stop and search vehicles they suspect are involved in the crime and also hope to catch unlicensed scrap metal dealers.
There has been a 20% rise in metal thefts across Norfolk this year.
Householders and business owners are being asked to be vigilant and report any unexpected callers offering to remove scrap.
The campaign is targeting opportunistic thieves, particularly in the north of the county.
Sgt Toby Gosden said: "Criminals are taking the opportunity to steal metal, sell it and make a big profit."
"They will steal from residential properties, they will steal any metal lying around whether it be a bicycle, car wheels, a washing machine or they will go to industrial premises and steal lead or aluminium or even lead from church roofs."