A POLICE crackdown on car criminals was launched earlier today in Edinburgh.
The national initiative, Operation Quarterlight, will see cops across the country locking up people involved in car crime and thefts.
This morning a series of houses were visited by officers in North Edinburgh, an area that has over a third of all vehicle crime.
Speaking today Chief Superintendent Mark Williams said “Car crime is a blight on local communities and we wont tolerate it.
“Officers in the capital will be targeting those responsible and today’s activities are evidence of our commitment to tackling local issues.
“I would appeal to the public to work with us.
“Don’t make your car a target for crime. Remove all your valuables and don’t leave them in sight.”
Police Scotland confirmed that across Edinburgh there have been over 3,000 car crimes in the Capital since April.
Over 1,000 happened in North Edinburgh.
This morning around twenty officers were involved in the operation and at least two males were arrested.
Once local, who we have agreed not to name, said “The area is getting worse. Every night there are kids going up and down Pennywell Road on motorbikes.
“Every day you hear about someone having their car broken in to or stolen, it’s terrible.”