Operation Midas is run by police from Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire to target thieves who use the cover of darkness to commit crime in rural areas on the County borders.
Operation Midas 3 was conducted overnight on Thursday 20th November 2014 and was led by the Southern Wiltshire Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) with assistance from Wiltshire’s Rural crime Team and Specialist Operations departments.
50 officers from Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire worked together in the area between the South coast and Salisbury Plain, utilising Automatic Number Plate Recognition Systems (ANPR) to conduct a series of stop checks on all arterial routes and patrol unclassified roads and farm tracks.
In addition to the main operation officers from Wiltshire also ran Operation Windwhistle where they worked with farmers and game keepers from the Wyle and Chalke Valley's to identify suspicious persons and vehicles.
The operation resulted in the arrests of six people for theft, drink driving and drugs offences, as well as a number of penalty notices being issued for other matters.
Sergeant Dave Whitby from the Southern Wiltshire NPT said: ‘The operation was a great success, we know that criminals don’t recognise County borders and with the three forces working together on this operation we have not only dealt with a number of offences but we have also shown our prolific offenders that they cannot predict when we will be out in force, looking for opportunities to arrest them regardless of which County they are in. I’d also like to thank members of the local rural community who gave up their time to assist us.’