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Scheme helps to reduce car crime in County Durham

Car crime in parts of County Durham has been significantly reduced following a joint operation between the police and council.

Operation Hawkeye was aimed at drivers who had left their cars unlocked or had valuables on display between April and July this year.

They were contacted by officers for the Safe Durham Partnership and reminded to secure their cars.

The scheme reduced car crime by more than half in parts of the county.

Hawkeye's blitz saw a 55% reduction in the Bishop Auckland area, a 50% cut in Crook and a 58% fall in Barnard Castle.

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