MORE THAN 50 suspected car criminals were arrested in a week as West Midlands Police continues its crackdown against vehicle crime.
The specialist Vehicle Crime Taskforce acted on information and detained suspects across the region over a seven day period.
The force say more than half of those have since been charged and it formed part of the recent Neighbourhood Policing Week activity, with two Birmingham chop shops also shut down.
The team was only launched in September and has boosted its numbers to 35 officers and staff – working alongside existing traffic and neighbourhood teams – to primarily catch car crooks and returning stolen vehicles to their rightful owner.
Detective Superintendent Jim Munro, who heads up the Taskforce, said: “We’re determined to drive down vehicle crime and catch offenders, as this latest action shows.
“We fully understand the inconvenience of being a victim, on both your livelihoods and personal lives, and with the additional numbers we’ll be looking to continue to take action and recover stolen vehicles.”
Anyone with information should contact police via the online live chat here or call 101.