POLICE have launched a crackdown on car crooks in a week-long blitz.
Police across West Lothian have been taking part in Operation Firestone, an operation that aims to tackle car crime across the county.
The move follows a rise of 10 per cent in the rate of vehicle-related theft.
The initiative, which runs until Monday, sees officers targeting repeat offenders who are known to have been involved in the theft of, or from, vehicles.
The enforcement period has so far seen plain-clothed police join with their colleagues in uniform to patrol known blackspots in the county in a bid to curb car crime.
Detective Sergeant Richard Hutton said the campaign also aims to raise awareness of the importance of protecting your vehicle.
He said: “Operation Firestone is mainly to target habitual offenders and to raise awareness of vehicle crime.
“The enforcement period is to trace those responsible for car crime, but a Crimestoppers car will also be used by the investigations team to deal with incidents such as those which have happened overnight.
“It is marked with Crimestoppers’ details to encourage the public to take note of phone numbers and call them if they see any suspicious activity.”