Met Police operation to help stop car theft

PUBLISHED: 15:00 02 February 2015

An example of one BMW stolen by audacious thieves.

An example of one BMW stolen by audacious thieves.


Fears over keyless car thefts in the borough have prompted the Metropolitan Police to start an operation to deter criminals.

Redbridge – like Barking and Dagenham, Enfield, Waltham Forest, Newham and Havering – has been one of the worst affected London boroughs for car theft.

Earlier this month, the Recorder reported how 4,473 cars have been stolen in this borough since 2009 - making it the worst in the capital.

The Met has announced a London-wide initiative to curb the problem, called Operation Endeavour, starting tomorrow.

According to research, nearly half the number of vehicles stolen in London are through keyless theft.

The most targeted vehicles are Range Rover, BMW, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz and Fiat.

Throughout the operation Safer Neighbourhood Teams will distribute crime prevention leaflets, ensuring car owners most at risk receive the information they need to avoid having their vehicle stolen.

More information can be found at

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