Police blitz on vehicle crime across county

David Hartley
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Police have launched a new crackdown on vehicle crime – and are appealing for help in tracking down offenders.

Officers will visit South Yorkshire homes surrounding the spots where vehicles have been stolen or broken into by thieves to draw attention to the crime in the hope residents will start to report suspicious behaviour.

The officers will also offer crime prevention advice.

District Commander Chief Superintendent David Hartley, responsible for combatting crime in Sheffield, said: “This work forms part of our continued commitment to reducing crime in Sheffield.

“We understand the distress and disruption caused by having your vehicle stolen or broken into.

“We are constantly looking for new ways of taking the fight to the thieves, to protect the public and their cars. This sees new innovative crime fighting along with the best of traditional and proven methods.

“We will be focusing police activity around areas of vehicle crime, to gather all possible evidence to catch the criminals and to share crime prevention messages to other car users to stop giving criminals open invitations and easy options to steal.

“We are doing all we can to tackle the problem, and see reductions in car crime already this year. We want to drive it further down, and encourage the public to help by reporting anything suspicious to us.

“This will help us to build intelligence, arrest the criminals profiting from vehicle crime, and get them to court.”

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright said: “I welcome any tactics that can help lead to arrests of offenders and help to advise the public on how they can protect their property.”

Police advice

Officers involved in the crackdown are urging motorists against leaving valuables on display in their vehicles.

They also want drivers to remember to lock their doors and boots to make it more difficult for thieves prowling the streets and looking for an easy target.

Motorists are also being urged to park in well lit spots, close to homes or where there are CCTV cameras.

Motorbikes should be keep locked up in a garage or shed and keys should never ben left on display at home.

Report offenders or suspicious behaviour to police 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.