Officers offer ‘greetings’ to criminals

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Police are warning known criminals not to re-offend this Christmas by delivering serious seasonal cards to their homes.

West Yorkshire Police officers are out hand-delivering hundreds of cards with the message to “be good or have a very miserable Christmas” to would-be burglars as part of Operation Viper.

The anti-crime greetings are aimed at the region’s most wanted and prolific burglars that police suspect of crimes, are active in communities or have had recent arrests or convictions.

Operation Viper is using number plate recognition, analysis to predict where crimes are likely to occur as well as high visibility and covert activities to tackle offenders committing a range of crimes.

Chief Superintendant Dave Oldroyd, who is leading the force-wide operation, explained that police are pooling resources and expertise to ensure criminals “are not comfortable upsetting our communities”.

He told the Yorkshire Post: “It’s reminding them to behave themselves and that it will be very disturbing for them and their families to be in prison over Christmas.

“If they do continue offending we will focus our officers on locking them up and they can have porridge on the 25th.”

The card deliveries will see officers knocking on doors and issuing would-be burglars warnings and the chance to engage with the police’s Offender Management Unit, which can help people with issues such as drug addiction.

To report criminal activity, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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