Burglary operation will target the West Sussex roads

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A NEW operation has been launched to tackle burglary across Sussex

The first phase of Operation Magpie will target burglars on the roads.

Officers will carry out spot-checks on vehicles in hotspots across Sussex.

The teams will use technology and local intelligence reports to highlight any vehicles being driven illegally – such as those without MoT or insurance as well as those thought to be linked to burglary. Last year 3,921 burglaries were committed in Sussex, compared with 3,370 in the year 2011/2012.

Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas said: ‘Burglars use the roads every day to drive to and from their crimes.

‘This is a robust and ongoing operation which will prevent burglaries from occurring and bring to our attention criminals who think they can use our roads to commit crime.’