A South Yorkshire police crackdown on burglary and car crime has led to more than 1,000 arrests in the first three months.
Operation Lockdown was launched in October after the force recorded a 2 per cent increase in burglaries and vehicle crime between April and August – with 2,923 break-ins and 5,054 thefts of and from vehicles in just five months.
Police chiefs today said the operation is succeeding in reversing the trend, with a reduction in offences over recent weeks.
Officers have made 1,010 arrests and charged 408 suspects with offences.
New figures comparing April to December 2013 with the previous year, show an 8 per cent reduction in burglary and a 3 per cent reduction in vehicle crime.
Deputy Chief Constable Andy Holt said: “The latest crime figures show Operation Lockdown is making an impact across the county.
“This is testament to the relentless work of officers and staff, but I would also thank the public for their response to our ‘Keep It Safe’ campaign.
“Residents and motorists are starting to heed our crime prevention messages, but there are still too many doors and windows left unlocked and too many valuables left on view.
“The New Year usually arrives with a spike in burglary and vehicle crime, so I urge people to get into the habit of securing their property.
“South Yorkshire Police will continue to do its utmost to track down and arrest criminals who are intent on breaking into your car or home, but everyone has a role to play in preventing the opportunist thief.”
As part of the ‘Keep It Safe’ campaign, part of Operation Lockdown, a website – www.operationlockdown.co.uk – is updated daily to show South Yorkshire residents where offenders have struck, in a bid to make people more vigilant about their home and vehicle security.
Officers have stepped up patrols in crime hotspots and have been looking for homes and vehicles left insecure or with valuable on display
Since Lockdown was launched, officers have made 350 arrests in Sheffield, 285 in Doncaster, 217 in Rotherham and 158 in Barnsley.
They have charged 146 suspects in Sheffield, 110 in Doncaster, 86 in Rotherham and 66 in Barnsley.
n Anyone with information about burglars and thieves should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.