Police and taxi crackdown on Sheffield criminals

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POLICE are working with taxi firms in Sheffield to target thieves, robbers, burglars and those who handle stolen goods.

Operation Karri is targeting people who use taxis in committing crimes such as burglary, robbery and theft from vehicles.

Officers have been working with the city’s taxi firms – and an awareness campaign is warning people of the risks of using unwitting taxi drivers to transport stolen goods.

Acting Sergeant Simon Kirkham, who is jointly leading the initiative, said: “The co-operation from taxi drivers has been excellent and we thank them for their support.

“People work hard to enjoy expensive things such as laptops, mobile phones and satellite navigation systems.

“This initiative will help close the door to thieves who hope to benefit from their crime by selling other people’s stolen property.

“Many stolen goods are security marked or fitted with a tracker device and can be traced, and most electronic stolen items are blocked, making them unusable.

“Our message is clear – if you buy or sell stolen goods then, sooner or later, police officers will be on your doorstep.”

Shaun Wright, police and crime commissioner, said: “Burglary can have a huge effect on people’s lives and this operation helps tackle the issue.

“It’s great to see South Yorkshire Police leading the way through this initiative, with other police forces looking into how they can adopt this approach in their area.

“I look forward to continuing a partnership approach.”