An operation to tackle vehicle crime in Hertsmere has led to 12 arrests being made so far.

Police have been upping their patrols across the borough specifically targeting those stealing vehicles, including burglars breaking into people's homes to steal car keys.

Hertsmere Detective Inspector Baz Kaila said his officers are "working round the clock" to catch suspects.

Among the incidents police have responded to is reports of two men seen acting suspiciously near parked cars at Bushey Country Club on May 25.

A 34-year-old man and a 48-year-old man, both from London, were arrested on suspicion of vehicle interference. They have been released on police bail while enquiries continue.

Two days later at South Mimms Service Station, and acting on intelligence, a 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including theft of a motor vehicle.

He was also arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug, possession of a bladed article, driving without a licence and without insurance.

A 34-year-old woman from London was also arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug. They have both been bailed.

DI Kaila said: "So far 12 people have been arrested but the operation continues with officers working day and night to identify and arrest suspects. Do not come to Hertsmere to carry out your crimes because we are working around the clock and you will be arrested."

DI Kaila says a part of the ongoing operation relies on members of the public reporting any suspicious behaviour to police.

He said: "If you spot individuals acting strangely around parked vehicles please call us straight away. Your call could help remove a criminal from your neighbourhood.

"If you believe a crime is in progress, such as someone attempting to break into cars please call 999. Any other information an be reported via 101 or online at

"If you would prefer to remain anonymous please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit"

Drivers are urged to leave their vehicles secure at all times and to not leave valuable inside their vehicle.