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Police launch crackdown on cross-border crime in Rickmansworth and Chorleywood
Police launched a large scale crackdown at county borders to pre-empt a seasonal increase in burglaries in Rickmansworth and Chorleywood.
Officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police were out in force this morning as part of an operation to deter criminals who come across borders.
The police were joined by officers VOSA, Waste Management and Trading Standards who monitored vehicles for other offences.
Following the operation police said 21 traffic offences were reported, including using a mobile phone whilst driving, driving with bald tyres and not wearing seatbelts, eight people reported for trading standards offences and four people searched for suspected drug offences.
One vehicle was also seized for as the driver had no insurance.
The teams were placed along the county borders to stop suspected criminals using the road and take them to a holding site where they would be inspected for criminal activity, road traffic offences and trading offences being committed.
Police were also looking to identify people committing other traffic offences such as using mobile phones and not wearing a seatbelt, as well as any vehicles which may be of interest to police.
PC Paul Knowles from the Rickmansworth Safer Neighbourhood Team led the operation. He said: "The idea of this operation was to provide a pro-active high visibility policing presence along the main arterial routes and back roads which run cross border between South Bucks, Thames Valley and Three Rivers in order to identify criminality and deter offenders from coming into the county to commit crime.
"With the aid of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), we could target vehicles used by known criminals using our roads to commit offences and deal with them robustly.
"The operation went really well. We already have a good working relationship with the local officers from Thames Valley Police but, being joined at the roadside by VOSA, waste management and trading standards, we are able to identify further offences and target those who insist on breaking the law.
"This is the start of many similar operations planned for the future, so if you are using the roads in Three Rivers to commit offences expect to get caught".
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