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70 Vehicle Seizures in November!

Uninsured? Vehicle used for crime? Visit Richmondshire and it’s getting seized is the message we are sending out far and wide!


So, with just a few hours left in November, I could not wait to inform you all, that here in Richmondshire in November alone, we seized at least 70 more vehicles during a push to tackle cross-border criminals, uninsured drivers, plus other motorists committing document offences. That is down 20 on our October figures, so hopefully the message is now getting out.


New handheld technology, rolled out to Neighbourhood Policing teams and Response teams in Richmondshire, has helped our rural local officers identify travelling criminals more quickly.


Vehicle stops in the area during November have resulted in arrests for going equipped to steal, poaching, burglary, drugs and other crime.


The new technology also identifies uninsured drivers. If you've ever been hit by an uninsured driver, you'll know why that's important!


Up here in Richmondshire, we patrol some of the most remote and sparsely-populated communities in northern England.


So seizing vehicles linked to crime is a very effective way of stopping criminals who travel here, before they’ve even had chance to commit an offence.


With the use of this technology, which my team and other Officers can use through a mobile phone, we can identify potential criminals and other illegal road users more quickly and on a wider scale.


Because we’re mostly a rural area, some criminals think we’re a soft target. That couldn’t be further from the truth.


In fact, cross-border criminals stand out to us and we heavily patrol routes we know they use. On top of that, we’re using technology that helps us identify them in an instant and is very difficult to evade.


So my message to anyone thinking of coming to North Yorkshire to commit crime is very simple – the odds are really not in their favour and they’ll be making a huge mistake.


If you are not aware, seized vehicles are taken to compounds where they are stored for a set amount of time.


Impounded vehicles may then be crushed and recycled if they are not claimed after this period as was the case with the one shown.


One of the reasons vehicle seizures are effective is because they disrupt criminality, as offenders who travel into rural areas no longer have the means to move around.


As well as patrolling larger roads such as the A66, we also patrol smaller rural roads that are known routes for travelling criminals.


Sometimes suspects we arrest are surprised that we know where they were, or the routes they were using. In reality, we know the area far better than most criminals.


We have the advantage, which is bad news for travelling criminals but great news for you, the law-abiding public of Richmondshire who we’re here to keep safe.


As a direct result of feedback when informing you of Octobers figures, I have released Novembers as that’s what most wanted. My October seizure message yielded 156 thumbs up with just 13 thumbs down. If it is similar this month, then I will keep you updated again next month, but please indicate below with a thumbs up if you found this message useful. It only takes a few seconds and is really appreciated by me, so I can monitor your feedback, plus do my best not to send out meaningless messages.


Thank you very much for your time.




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Martin Metcalfe
(Police, Inspector, Richmondshire)

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