POLICE have launched a crackdown on car thieves after it emerged more than 3,000 vehicles are stolen or broken into each year in Edinburgh.
The launch of Operation Quarterlight was held at Drylaw Police Station, a district of north Edinburgh that has become a car crime hotspot in recent months.
Today, teams of plain clothed and uniformed officers visited a number of addresses in a bid to trace individuals linked to the crime wave.
During the raids, a 16-year-old boy was arrested in connection with an alleged racial assault.
Campbell Thomson, Assistant Chief Constable, said: “Operation Quarterlight is about preventing vehicle crime, and targeting those responsible. I would say this directly to those intent on committing vehicle crime in Scotland - if you engage in such activity, we will use every resource at our disposal to trace you, arrest you and bring you to justice.”
Edinburgh divisional commander Chief Superintendent Mark Williams said: “Today’s activities are evidence of our commitment to tackling local issues.
“I would appeal to the public to work with us. Don’t make your car a target for crime; remove all your valuables and don’t leave them in sight; always secure your vehicle, never leave it unattended or with the keys still in the ignition. Don’t leave your keys anywhere they can be easily stolen- leaving them by a house door or hallway is a gift to criminals.”