Police team that tackles crooks who prey on the elderly will feature on tonight’s Crimewatch

The specialist county police team dedicated to tackling crooks who target the elderly will be featured in tonight’s Crimewatch.

Set up 12 years ago, Operation Manhunt investigates distraction burglary, rogue trading and burglaries where the victim is aged 70 or over.



The BBC1 programme, which starts at 9pm, features Det Insp Kay Lancaster highlighting the work of the team, specialist techniques employed to catch criminals and the support given to victims by the older person liaison officer, a role that is unique to Herts.

Chief Constable Andy Bliss said: “The Operation Manhunt team is highly specialised in investigating criminals who deliberately target older people in our community. They provide exemplary victim care, using their expertise in supporting older victims who are often left extremely traumatised by these crimes.

“Taking a specialist approach to catching those responsible and bringing them to justice has also paid dividends in reducing this type of crime, meaning fewer victims and making Hertfordshire virtually a no-go area for those who commit these particularly nasty offences.

“I am very proud to see their great work highlighted on Crimewatch.”

The team has reduced distraction burglary in the county by 58 per cent since April last year, compared to the previous year, and 70 per cent of crimes committed during this time have resulted in an arrest and/or conviction.