A DEDICATED burglary response car is revving up for the pre-Christmas blitz against crime in Torbay.
The vehicle is part of Operation Reindeer which has been launched this week to cut down on the number of burglaries and thefts in the run up to the festive period.
The car will be crewed by a dedicated police unit which will be the first to respond to house burglaries and thefts from motor vehicles.
Operation Reindeer is the South Devon Christmas burglary crackdown.
In the Herald Express this week, police will be sending out 20,000 'Christmas cards' warning people about the dangers of leaving their properties unlocked and valuables on display.
Det Sgt Chris Tapley, of Torquay CID, said: "Here in Torbay crime department we will provide a dedicated burglary response unit which will be crewed from the November 19.
"This is a dedicated burglary car which will attend every incident of burglary and will be crewed by our specially trained officers."
He added: "The offence of dwelling burglary will be a priority for us.
"Burglary is a serious and invasive offence, which has a devastating impact on victims.
"It will be our aim to improve our customer service and to deliver a highly professional, timely response to members of the public reporting burglary.
"We will work actively with our partners and the community to roll out number initiatives over the coming month.
"These will include the targeting of known 'active' burglars and a crime prevention campaign led by neighbourhood officers aimed at promoting better household security.
"The message we are promoting is 'keep your windows and doors locked shut'.
A number of roadshows are planned across the Bay in December aimed at promoting better household security.
Advice and information will be on offer at a number of locations.
Dates in Torbay have been confirmed as:
TORQUAY: Thursday, December 6, 9.30am to 1.30pm, Marks and Spencers, The Willows.
Thursday, December 13, 4pm to 8pm, Union Square Shopping Centre.
Saturday, December 15, 9am to 1pm, Union Square Shopping Centre and 2pm to 4pm, The Willows.
Thursday, December 20, 4pm to 8pm, Union Square Shopping Centre.
PAIGNTON: Saturday, December 15, 9am to 1pm, Victoria Street, town centre.
BRIXHAM. Saturday, December 15, 2pm to 4pm, Brixham town centre.
Operation Reindeer crime prevention packages will also be available at Torquay police station.
These will include property marking pens.
Anyone with information about burglaries should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.