West Midlands Police have launched a new force-wide operation to build on the successes seen in reducing crime and anti-social behaviour across the region in December.
Operation Intrusive, which will run from January until the end of March, will be focusing on specific locations across the force which have previously shown increased crime levels during the first three months of the year.
Although each identified neighbourhood is not a crime hot spot, seasonal analysis suggests that the area may be vulnerable to offences such as burglary and vehicle crime.
Local officers will be carrying out a range of initiatives in these areas to ensure that the successful reductions in crime seen throughout December are maintained.
The activity will include warrants for drugs, traffic operations, crime reduction drives and school visits, as well as increased neighbourhood patrols to provide a visible presence in the neighbourhoods.
Officers will also be working closely with partner agencies to deal with issues such as environmental problems, including litter and graffiti, Trading Standards operations, extra patrols on public transport and promotion of neighbourhood watch schemes.
Superintendent Kenny Bell who is leading the operation said: “We want to continue the success that we have seen at the end of December – with calls about anti-social behaviour at an all time low, and the crime rate in December at its lowest since the 1980s.
“We want communities to see regular visible policing activity in the neighbourhoods that have previously contributed to crime and anti-social behaviour between January and March.
“More importantly we want the criminals out there to know that we will be giving them a really difficult time, to ensure that our communities continue to feel the difference that we are making.”