West Midlands Police are again taking firm action to drive down crime this week by blanketing parts of Birmingham with officers and tracking down prolific criminals.
The operation will be focussed on the Birmingham West Neighbourhood Policing Unit.
Hotspots for burglaries, robberies and vehicle crime will be locked down by officers on the lookout for known offenders, while specialist teams will be carrying out raids targeting those on the wanted list. Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras will alert officers to vehicles linked to crime, while traffic and motorway officers will also join patrols in both marked and unmarked cars. Repeat offenders will be visited by officers in homes and hostels, with special constables also being mobilised. Licensed premises and pawn shops will be visited and open spaces will be swept for any hidden weapons.
Supt Mat Shaer who is lead for the operation “We’re putting a lot of resources into this with the simple aim of reassuring the public, preventing crime and targeting those criminals who do the most damage to our communities. “People going about their business will see a large police presence in the area and should feel free to speak to officers to raise any concerns. “We’ll be relentlessly pursuing those who we believe are involved in crime in the area and they should know there will be no place to hide. “We’ll be closely monitoring the impact of the operation, and use the tactic again in this and other areas where appropriate."