30 arrested in South Yorkshire Police burglary blitz

Operation Impact - police hand out crime prevention leaflets
Operation Impact - police hand out crime prevention leaflets
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A COUNTY-WIDE police crackdown on burglary saw a grand total of 30 people arrested.

The South Yorkshire Police ‘day of action’ took place on Tuesday and included planned raids, search warrants being executed, high visibility patrols, visits to pawn shops and market stalls and a blitz on suspicious vehicles.

During the day officers arrested 30 people.

The first raid took place in Rotherham at 9am.

By lunchtime officers had made 19 arrests and by the end of the day another 11 suspected criminals were in the cells.

Six offenders were charged with burglary and seven properties were searched.

Officers also seized nine vehicles for a variety of offences.

The high profile operation came under the Operation Impact banner - a campaign to tackle the crimes which most affect the county’s communities.

South Yorkshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Max Sahota who lead the day of action said: “As a force we will continue with Impact as a commitment to our communities to tackle key crimes and target criminals in South Yorkshire who make peoples lives a misery.

“Not only will we bring these offenders before the courts but we will also seek to seize their assets, which are often illegally gained.”

Police officers used Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology to take the campaign on to the streets and catch offenders using vehicles and known to be linked to burglary.

They also searched second hand shops, pawn shops and market stalls for stolen goods.

Members of the public were also asked to play their part.

Officers handed out crime prevention leaflets at homes in Rotherham to advise residents on how to secure their homes and warned them to be cautious of bogus doorstep callers.

A third of all burglaries reported in the county last week were via insecure doors and windows, police said.