New crackdown to drive down vehicle crime in South Yorkshire

PCSO Mike Matthews places a Wanted Poster for Nick De Mota on the windscreen of a car in Sheffield  as part of the South Yorkshire Police Operation Lockdown.Pic:  Paul David Drabble
PCSO Mike Matthews places a Wanted Poster for Nick De Mota on the windscreen of a car in Sheffield as part of the South Yorkshire Police Operation Lockdown.Pic: Paul David Drabble
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Police officers held a day of action aimed at driving down car crime across South Yorkshire.

They patrolled car parks looking for vehicles left unsecured or at risk of break-ins because of valuables left on display.

The police officers and police community support officers gave out crime prevention advice to motorists in a bid to reduce the number of vehicles being targeted by thieves.

South Yorkshire Police organised the day of action as part of Operation Lockdown – a campaign aimed at reducing burglaries and vehicle crime, after a two per cent increase in offences between April and August.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Singleton, responsible for South Yorkshire Police’s response to vehicle crime, said: “Police are working tirelessly to help combat vehicle crime, but we cannot tackle this issue on our own.

“One in three vehicle crimes is down to vehicles being left insecure – it is a constant battle for the police.

“As police resources are shrinking officers are not going to be able to continue doing this, so we want people to help themselves. We spend an inordinate amount of time doing the simplest of things, such as checking car doors, when it could be better spent on detecting and preventing crimes.”

Police in Sheffield concentrated on residential roads in Broomhill and Crookesmoor, while officers in Barnsley visited car parks on County Way and at the Metrodome leisure complex. Those in Rotherham targeted Parkgate.