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Operation Spyder

Published Monday, 09 December 2013

Enfield Council and the Metropolitan Police have joined forces with IKEA, Halfords and other businesses to launch Operation Spyder to tackle vehicle-related crime in the borough.

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The initiative, which was launched at IKEA Edmonton on Monday (9 December) aims to reduce the theft of vehicles, vehicle components, number plates and items from inside cars and vans.

The scheme also warns motorists not to leave valuables on show and to think about where they should leave vehicles unattended.

Police officers demonstrated the sort of thing that attracts thieves to vehicles and what motorists can do to avoid becoming a victim of vehicle related crime.

Also present on the day was the Enfield Mobile Police Station and officers provided crime prevention advice on a variety of topics.

Chief Inspector Sharon Harding of Enfield Police said: “Most vehicle crime is opportunistic and therefore preventable. Many cases of theft from vehicles involve the theft of power tools, number plates or catalytic converters. By working with our communities and partners we hope to reduce the number of people who fall victim to vehicle crime.

“Police understand the inconvenience and expense of having your car or van broken into and we will continue to work with our partners and the community in order to keep these distressing crimes to a minimum.”

She added: “I am very grateful to our borough partners, IKEA and Halfords for joining us in this most worthwhile of initiatives.”

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing and Public Health, Cllr Christine Hamilton says: “Enfield Council and the Metropolitan Police work tirelessly to ensure the public’s safety, and are launching this operation to raise public awareness and to reduce motor vehilce crime on the borough .

”Enfield Council is utterly committed to reducing crime and disorder in the borough and that is demonstrated by the £1 million we recently invested in expanding the CCTV network in Enfield.”

Going forward, Operation Spyder will be running at vehicle crime hotspots across the borough to raise crime prevention awareness while pro-actively targeting known offenders.

IKEA and the Enfield Council have installed a live CCTV feed from the IKEA car park to the borough’s central CCTV control room. This has been jointly funded by the council and IKEA.

Giuliano Meroni, IKEA Tottenham store manager, said, "As one of the most recognised retailers in the area, we want to play an important part within the community of Tottenham, Edmonton and Enfield.

We have been working hard to raise awareness of preventative measures against crime in our car park and we are pleased to now offer our full support to Operation Spyder, working alongside Enfield Council and the Metropolitan Police to make our community a safer place".

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