A three-day police operation using new automatic number plate recognition cameras led to 84 vehicles being stopped.
Operation Chevrolet took place in Rotherham last week to mark the launch of another 11 ANPR cameras in the town.
The cameras are connected to a police database which flags up vehicles which have been stolen, are uninsured or which officers know are linked to criminals.
The officers made eight arrests for offences including burglary, theft of a vehicle, supplying drugs and stealing petrol.
Officers seized 15 vehicles from owners who were driving without insurance and issued six fixed penalty notices.
There are over 20 ANPR cameras in Rotherham which cover the main roads leading in and out of the town.
South Yorkshire Police said the aim of the new initiative was to put a ‘ring of steel’ around the town, making it easier for them to catch criminals using vehicles to commit crime.
The gadgets have been funded by the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership and Rotherham Council.
Operation Chevrolet was launched on the day the new cameras were switched on.
It involved extra police officers patrolling the streets waiting for the ANPR cameras to alert them to vehicles logged on their database.
The region’s police helicopter was also involved in the operation to help track dodgy vehicles down.
Police said there was an added bonus due to the increased police presence in the town.
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “In the areas where the operation was running due to our high visibility patrols and presence there were no reported burglaries or shoplifting offences.”