Police are launching a major crackdown on town centre crime and anti-social behaviour which is set to blight Scarborough as the festive season approaches.
Patrols are being stepped-up throughout December as part of Operation Chimney in a bid to prevent retailers and shoppers from being targeted by thieves.
Officers will carry shop link radios in an attempt to swiftly bring down criminals as Scarborough’s population is expected to soar in the run up to Christmas.
They will also liaise closely with shopkeepers, as well as the town’s community safety partnership and anti-theft group.
Sgt Daniel Spence, who is leading the operation, said: “The lead up to Christmas sees an increase in footfall in the town centre. Although crime is actually falling we want to maintain and improve on that.
“We will support retailers and the public by ensuring they can operate over the festive period in a safe, secure and appealing environment. It will involve local police officers and PCSOs and will be supported by neighbourhood support teams, dog handlers and CID officers.”
Other issues being dealt with under Operation Chimney include street drinking, begging and cycling in pedestrian areas.
Inspector Mike Fenton added: “We want to make sure anybody who comes into Scarborough feels safe in the run up to Christmas.”