A week-long crackdown on catalytic convertor thefts has led to a decline in offences across Staffordshire, police say.
It was part of a national campaign led by the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) after figures revealed a 64% rise in the crime in 2020 compared to 2019.
The parts are targeted because of a rise in the price of metals such as rhodium, platinum and palladium used in their manufacture.
Chief Inspector Dave Wain, from Staffordshire Police, said the crackdown had involved a focus on areas regularly targeted by criminals.
“There was a significant amount of targeted pro-active work based on intelligence.
“We had extra officers engaged in patrolling hotspots for this type of crime, including patrols in the early hours of the morning, which is when a large number of offences seem to be happening.
“There was a significant reduction in catalytic convertor crimes over the past week, which we are pleased with, but the public should remain vigilant.”Ch Insp Dave Wain, Staffordshire Police