Police Scotland shines spotlight on Forth Valley car crime

Make sure your car is protected from crooks.
Make sure your car is protected from crooks.

The focus of Police Scotland’s Operation Quarterlight moved to the streets of Central Scotland and Forth Valley on Monday.

The nationwide operation aims to reduce motor vehicle crime across Scotland.

Police in Forth Valley identified it as an area of concern and dedicated resources have been allocated to tackle these crimes.

Targeted patrols will be carried out and vehicles entering the area will be checked.

And the police warn that any person intent on committing vehicle related crime in the area will be identified and dealt with swiftly.

Assistant Chief Constable Campbell Thomson said: “Police Scotand is committed to keeping people safe and local policing is at the heart of all we do.

“Officers across Scotland are targeting criminals who commit car crime.

“Operation Quarterlight is about preventing vehicle crime and targeting those responsible.

“I would say this directly to those intent on committing vehicle crime in Scotland – if you engage in such activity, we will use every resource at our disposal to trace you, arrest you and bring you to justice.”

Community officers will be on hand across the division to remind motorists of their personal responsibility towards keeping their vehicles safe.

These include always ensuring vehicles are securely locked, removing valuables from cars and not leaving the ignition running or keys in the car.

By changing habits, and working in partnership, officers believe vehicle crime can be prevented.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Smith said: “This is a dedicated operation which will target those who commit motor vehicle crime.

“We are working with our colleagues from across Police Scotland and partners to focus on tackling and preventing these types of crimes.

“Currently there are individuals coming into the Forth Valley area who are targeting high-value vehicles.

“We have placed our officers around the division with the intention of tracing and arresting those criminals and disrupting any travelling offenders.

“We will not tolerate such criminality in Forth Valley and we will work tirelessly to put those who commit such offences before the court.”

To report car crime, please call Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.