Crackdown on criminals across South Yorkshire

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Burglary and vehicle crime are both on the increase across South Yorkshire, according to new police figures.

There has been a two per cent increase in both crimes between April and August - with 2,923 burglaries and 5,054 vehicle crimes reported.

To reverse the increase, police chiefs put together Operation Lockdown, involving officers targeting crime hot-spots and members of the public being urged to keep their doors and windows locked to reduce the risk of criminals striking.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Holt said: “Everyone has a role to play in reducing burglary and vehicle crime. Officers and staff are working hard to catch offenders and conduct extra patrols in hot-spot locations but we cannot tackle these issues on our own.

“A significant number of crimes can be avoided if residents and motorists take some simple preventative measures to secure their properties. I can’t stress enough the importance of locking your doors and windows, and keeping valuables out of sight.

“South Yorkshire Police will do its upmost to track down criminals intent on breaking into your car or home but you can stop the opportunist thief by securing your property.”

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright said: “I know from experience the devastation that can be caused from someone coming into your home to steal your belongings.

“A person’s home should be a place that they feel safe in at all times.

“Please help the police to reduce this crime by following their simple advice. Keeping your homes and vehicles secure at all times, will reduce the chances of becoming a victim.”

The biggest rise in burglaries was in Rotherham, where offences shot up by 31.9 per cent, with 546 reported.

Vehicle crime rocketed by 26 per cent in Barnsley, with 557 offences recorded.

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