Police in Barnet have joined more than 5,500 officers in a London-wide operation targeting burglary and theft today.

Operation Big Wing involves officers from across London’s 32 boroughs, Safer Transport Command and specialist units, including the Territorial Support Group and Dogs Unit.

Officer will target suspected burglars and thieves and carry out spot checks at pawn shops and other stores where thieves may try to sell on stolen goods.

High visibility and plain clothes patrols will also take place at robbery and burglary hot spots, as well as Automated Number Plate Recognition operations, and crime prevention events.

Commander Mak Chishty, leading today’s operation, said: “Work continues day in and day out to target those responsible and the networks they use to sell on stolen property, but big highly visible operations like today play a major part in the fight against crime and demonstrates there is no hiding place for criminals.”