In Northamptonshire, the faces of ten criminals jailed for a total of 37 years for robberies and burglary have been published as part of a new name and shame policy by the police.
Detectives released the photos to demonstrate some of the results from Operation Guardian, a major crackdown on serious crime launched six months ago. Among those caught was Matthew Brown, who targeted homes in order to steal expensive cars. He was jailed for four years for stealing car keys from homes in Collyweston and Mawsley in order to steal cars. Brown, of Merrydale Square, Northampton, stole a £35,000 Range Rover Sport, a Land Rover Discovery and a £75,000 Audi.
Superintendent Pete Windridge said, 'We have carried out numerous warrants as part of regular high impact days to demonstrate there is no resting place for those who blight our communities by committing robberies, burglaries and vehicle crime, or by being linked to these criminal activities.' He added, 'There will be no let-up in our determination to bring these criminals to book and we will continue to keep the pressure on people whose actions affect the vast majority of the law-abiding public.' The fight will continue after Northamptonshire police authority's decision to set a 15% target to further reduce serious acquisitive crime by March 2011. Chief Constable Adrian Lee said, 'Operation Guardian has had a huge impact on serious acquisitive crime. Next year we are going to expand that.'
Meanwhile in Coventry, a stolen Range Rover Sport was recovered just 14 minutes after the theft was reported to police. The Range Rover Sport was stolen in the suburbs of Coventry just after 3pm, in broad daylight. The unauthorised movement of the car set off the motion sensor of the tracking unit, Tracker then contacted the customer to check if the car had been stolen, the Police were informed and the unit was activated at 3.31pm. Fourteen minutes later the Range Rover Sport was found and recovered by police just around the corner to where the car was originally stolen. Stuart Chapman, Police Relationship Manager for Tracker said, 'Thieves will steal prestige vehicles to order and park them up for a period to see if they have a tracking device. If the vehicle is still there a day or so later then they know they have got away with the theft and the car will normally disappear overseas. Without our unique partnership with the police this car wouldn't have been found in record time.'
The Tracker stolen vehicle recovery systems work like an electronic homing device. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around the vehicle. There is no visible aerial, so the thief won’t even know it’s there. For Tracker Stolen Vehicle Recovery information please visit www.Tracker.co.uk click here for Tracker