Police are claiming an anti vehicle-crime operation across Elmbridge and other parts of North Surrey was a success.

Detective Inspector Jon Savell, who co-ordinated the operation from October 16-26, said it sent a strong message to criminals that this was a no-go area for them. He said: "We are pleased with how the operation went in North Surrey. Vehicle crime will not be tolerated and we want to ensure that those involved with auto crime get a very strong message to that effect.

"We do though need the public's support in this. Valuables, such as satellite navigation units, left visible in the car, give thieves an easy time."

Officers covering Elmbridge, Spelthorne and Epsom, undertook stop checks, searches and targeted crime reduction activities such as leaflet drops and the marking of satellite navigation units.

Over the course of the operation there were more than 300 vehicles stopped, eight search warrants executed and 16 arrests made for auto crime offences.

For details about how to lessen your chances of being a victim of auto crime check out surrey.police.uk.