WILMSLOW Police are to focus their attention on areas where criminals have targeted cars in the wake of an increase in incidents.

The Wilmslow Police Beat Team has launched Operation Guillotined 'in an aim to detect, disrupt and deter'.

"We wanted to try and pre-empt any further offences," said Sgt John O'Driscoll.

"The operation is in its early stages, but will involve the Beat Team changing shifts and working longer to provide a presence in in areas that have suffered offences to date.

"I am also looking to employ the services of specialist departments within Cheshire Constabulary, including Roads Policing, to provide a pursuit capability should one develop.

"Existing offences will be investigated by detectives with a view to solving them reactively alongside the pro-active operation."

Police said today that a man had been arrested in connection with a theft from a car in Styal yesterday.

A Porsche, Audi and Volvo were stolen after burglars targeted Wilmslow streets.

Homes in Pownall Road, Oak Lane and South Oak Lane were targeted between 2am and 4am on Thursday and Friday.

In Pownall Road garden furniture was used to smash a back door, but entry was not gained and nothing was stolen.

Police said there were two 'quality' vehicles on the drive, which are believed to have been the target for the criminals.

In Oak Lane a ground floor window was removed, allowing a burglar to enter the house and steal keys to a white Audi, which was stolen.

Access was gained to a house in South Oak Lane by an insecure window.

Two sets of car keys and the accompanying vehicles, a black Porsche and grey Volvo, were subsequently stolen.

"Enquiries are ongoing into each offence and whether they are linked," said Sgt John O'Driscoll.

"Crime prevention advice would be to ensure items are secured in sheds and not left out to aid offenders gaining entry.

"Ensure windows are secure and keys are not on display."