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'Trap cars' hailed for low crime

Trap car
A thief is caught in the act by a trap car

Police "trap cars" have helped Dorset police record a 10-year low in vehicle crime.

New figures show the number of items stolen from vehicles across the county has fallen by 40%.

The success has been put down to motion-sensitive cameras fitted to "trap cars" across the county, which have led to more than 50 arrests.

Police said 80% of arrests on suspicion of thefts from vehicles were due to the initiative, which started in 2006.

The "trap cars" were constantly moved to different locations across the county 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week, police said.

Det Con Nancy Playle, of Dorset Police, said: "Technology like this, combined with a common sense approach from members of the public when it comes to emptying their car of valuables, means that vehicle crime is at a 10-year low in Dorset and still on the decrease."

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