Hundreds arrested by police in South Yorkshire in crime blitz

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An operation to tackle burglary and vehicle crime across South Yorkshire has resulted in 285 arrests in one month, new figures reveal.

Operation Lockdown, launched at the beginning of October, was set up to halt an increase in household burglaries and the theft from and of vehicles across the county.

There have been 97 arrests in Doncaster, 88 in Sheffield, 67 in Rotherham and 33 in Barnsley.

Chief Inspector Iain Chorlton, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “I am very pleased with these arrests, as they are proof of the amount of dedication and commitment our staff are putting into reducing these crimes on a daily basis.

“We are also urging the public to keep their possessions safe by keeping their homes secure, locking their doors and windows and not leaving items on show in their vehicles.”

As part of the new crime crackdown extra police patrols have been ordered, where officers walking the streets are looking for insecure homes and vehicles at risk of break-ins.

Householders and vehicle owners have been woken at all times of the day and night to be warned their homes or vehicles are at risk of being targeted if doors have been found unlocked or valuables left on display.

Anyone with information on those responsible for burglaries or vehicle crime should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.

Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111.