Trap cars used in Surrey Police vehicle crackdown

Surrey Police used "trap cars" as part of a week-long operation to tackle vehicle crime.

The unmarked vehicles were parked with high-value items deliberately left on show in places where there had been spates of vehicle thefts or break-ins.

Over five nights, last week, officers also carried out 174 stop checks as part of Operation Gallant.

Arrests were made for possession of an offensive weapon, robbery, drugs offences and drinking and driving.

Each night during the operation officers studied patterns of criminal behaviour for burglary, theft and vehicle offences over the previous 24 hours.

Insp Simon Dann said: "We used several tactics during Gallant including the trap cars and we carry out these types of pro-active operations on a regular basis so it really is only a matter of time before they get caught out."

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