POLICE are targeting travelling criminals who venture into Cheshire to commit burglaries and car crime over the festive season.
Burglars from the surrounding areas of Merseyside, North Wales, Staffordshire and Manchester are often attracted by the perceived wealth of affluent Cheshire villages and towns.
Police are targeting suspects as they travel into Cheshire to commit crime using the county's road and motorway networks.
More than 50 vehicle stop checks were carried out in November, resulting in more than 20 arrests for a multitude of offences including burglary, handling of stolen goods and possession of controlled drugs.
Chief Superintendent Craig Guildford said: “We have had a number of successes as a result of this operation, but we are determined to try and further reduce burglary throughout Cheshire.
“The Western area of Cheshire – including Chester and Northwich in particular – shows a reduction of 30% in reported burglaries in recent months.
“We also want our communities to be aware of home security measures – frustratingly a number of burglars target properties that have been left insecure. It is vital that people take responsibility for their home and belongings, especially as we are now in the winter months when thieves exploit the long dark evenings to try and commit their crimes.”
Police highlighted a recent example in which a 17-year-old male was arrested following a burglary at a house in Northwich in the early hours of November 10.
The youth, from Prescot in Merseyside, was later charged with numerous offences including going equipped to steal and is currently being processed through the courts.