Police launch new crackdown on burglaries in Barnsley

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POLICE were staging a ‘day of action’ in Barnsley today aimed at cracking down on burglary.

There were 870 homes broken into in the town between February last year and the end of January this year – a drop of 86 on the year before – and officers are keen to drive the figure down even more.

As part of the day of action, PCSOs were due to man crime prevention stalls in Barnsley, offering advice to residents on how to reduce the risk of their homes being targeted by offenders.

They were also visiting addresses thought to be ‘vulnerable’ in order to offer to security code belongings, including electrical items, tools and gardening equipment.

Officers were also promoting the Immobilise.com database, where the public can register belongings to make it easier to trace them should they be stolen.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Stopford, who is leading the initiative, said: “As a force we will continue to make an impact on burglary, as a commitment to our communities to tackle this crime and target criminals in South Yorkshire who make people’s lives a misery.”