Launceston’s northern suburbs were locked down today as part of a major operation targeting offenders.
Acting Sergeant Aziz Melick said that the lockdown occurred as part of Operation Raptor, a special taskforce aimed at cracking down on crime in the Launceston area.
“Today’s operation included more than 20 members from Northern Road and Public Order Services, Uniform, CIB, and Operation Raptor taskforce as well as utilising the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Police Dog Fang,” Acting Sergeant Melick said.
“Our main focus was to execute a number of warrants, conduct random breath tests and oral fluid tests, and search vehicles in order to target offenders.”
As a result of the operation to date there has been:
- 93 offenders arrested or charged by summons
- over 400 charges laid
- 12 firearms seized
- 7 motor vehicles clamped / confiscated
In addition, 450 random breath tests were conducted in today’s operation.
- Of these, 6 drivers tested positive for illicit drugs
- 2 disqualified drivers detected
- 1 drink driver
- 2 offenders for non-driving drug related matters
Acting Sergeant Melick said that Operation Raptor was a 10-strong dedicated crime reduction taskforce focusing on prolific offenders: checking they are complying with court-ordered curfews, searching their houses and locating and arresting them after they commit further offences.
“The taskforce is particularly focused on volume crime including home burglary, car burglary and shoplifting,” he said.
“By arresting and closely monitoring them we’re trying to make life as uncomfortable as we possibly can for them.
“Our most prolific recidivists offend constantly and our taskforce officers are monitoring them very closely to hold them to account.
“While we continue to have a high arrest and charge rate for these crimes, police can’t reduce this type of offending on our own.
“We’re asking the community and business owners help us too.
“People can help prevent their homes, cars and businesses from becoming targets for thieves by taking some simple steps to make them less appealing to criminals.
“If we take away the easy opportunities for these people to steal then we can help reduce crime,” Acting Sergeant Melick said.
Information can be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at crimestopperstas.com.au