Nearly 300 arrests in South Yorkshire burglary and car crime clampdown

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More than 280 arrests have been made in the first month of Operation Lockdown - South Yorkshire Police’s drive to combat burglary and car crime.

Since the start of the operation at the beginning of the month, a total of 285 people have been arrested in connection with such crimes across the county.

Doncaster topped the table for the most number of arrests with 97, followed by Sheffield with 88. Rotherham has seen 67 arrests while in Barnsley, 33 people have arrested.

Chief Inspector Iain Chorlton 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.”

Action taking place across South Yorkshire includes foot patrols by officers to find insecure homes and vehicles.

Householders have been woken in the early hours of the morning to be warned that their homes or vehicles are unlocked, while crime prevention leaflets have also been posted through open car windows.

Anyone with information on burglary and car crime should call South Yorkshire Police on 101. Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.