VEHICLE crime is being tackled by Hounslow police after being identified as "one of the highest crime types" in the area.
An initiative has been launched by officers in an effort to combat the problem, called Drive Out Vehicle Crime.
The project will include a number of partnership efforts throughout the year.
The first part of the campaign is providing a property marking service for those living within the borough.
Dates and locations are yet to be released, but officers plan to set up road shows at local petrol garages where residents will be able to get items used and left in vehicles, such as sat navs, marked. The markings help police return stolen items to their owners.
Detective inspector Jon Kennedy, from Hounslow Police Station, said: "Vehicle crime is the one of the highest crime types in the borough and a number of Safer Neighbourhood Teams have had vehicle crime reduction chosen by their ward panels to work on.
"We will be looking to raise the public’s awareness and offering advice on how they can help us reduce the incidence of vehicle crime. Over the coming weeks and months Hounslow Police will be carrying out a number of proactive operations against those involved in vehicle crime."
The Safer Neighbourhood Teams already conduct regular Automatic Number Plate Operations, which involve scanning number plates of cars as they drive by.
Local police will continue the operation with both uniformed and plain clothed patrols in areas where vehicle crime is most prevalent.
DI Kennedy said: "I would urge those living in Hounslow to contact their local Safer Neighbourhood Team and sign up to Community Safe to receive up to date news of what their local Safer Neighbourhood Team is up to.
"This is a free system and by joining it you can find out about crime alerts and what the police are doing in your local area. You can join by either logging onto www .Communitysafe.gov.uk or by contacting your local Safer Neighbourhood Team direct."
Local motorists are being reminded by police to:
Ensure cars are locked – A high percentage of cars are left unlocked in Hounslow.
Don’t leave anything in view – You may know your jacket is empty but an opportunist thief doesn’t.
Take sat navs out of vehicles and clean the suction marks off the windscreen – Thieves will smash windows just to check the glove box.
For more information contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team via the main Met Police website at www.met.police.uk
Anyone wanting to become a member of Community Safe, allowing them to sign up to free crime alerts and news can join via www.communitysafe.gov.uk