Superintendent Paul Richardson, of Merseyside police, said: "Operation Seahog was set up with the express intention of cracking down on criminal gangs running the city's security at the expense of legitimate firms.
However, there is still a long way to go and Operation Seahog will ensurewe get there.
So far, Operation Seahog
has focused on guards without licensed accreditation.
Chief Supt Andy Cooke, leading Operation Seahog
which targets illegitimate security companies, said: "We have received a number of reports of intelligence which leads us to believe certain car dealers across Merseyside may have been targeted by persons purporting to be representing security companies.
Following the arson attack in May, which left damage of up to pounds 150,000, and a further incident at a Bellway Homes development at Hunts Cross Village, police launched Operation Seahog
The initiative, called Operation Seahog
, is part of chief constable Bernard Hogan-Howe's Total Policing agenda.
, is the first underworld crackdown of its kind in the UK.