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Police aim to cut Christmas crime in west Oxfordshire

Police in west Oxfordshire have begun visiting people convicted of burglary and vehicle offences in a bid to cut crime over Christmas.

Thames Valley Police said it had begun the operation to coincide with the run-up to Christmas when there is an increased temptation to offend.

The force said there had been a slight increase in car crime in recent weeks.

There was a fall in the number of burglaries in west Oxfordshire in the months since April, compared with 2010.

Since 1 April 2011, there were 165 thefts from vehicles across west Oxfordshire and 81 burglaries. There were 161 thefts from vehicles and 144 burglaries between April and December 2010.

Det Insp Rob France said the force wanted to discourage those convicted of the crimes in the past from reoffending.

He said: "Driving down the number of people who have their houses and cars broken into is my number one priority.

"We will make sure known offenders are aware we are keeping an eye on them.

"Christmas is a time when, unfortunately, we often see an increase in thefts from cars and there has been a slight increase in this type of crime over the last few weeks."

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