New crime crackdown planned for Barnsley

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A week-long crackdown on crime is planned in Barnsley.

South Yorkshire Police officers and partner agencies will be hitting the streets of Barnsley next week as part of Operation Benchmark.

They will be raiding homes, carrying out road traffic operations, and visiting secondhand dealers, scrapyards and pubs.

Officers will also be offering crime prevention advice to local residents to try to reduce the chance of them becoming victims of crime.

Inspector Simon Leake, who is overseeing the new crime crackdown, said one of the aims is to reduce burglary and vehicle crime offences reported in the town.

“But we’ll also be tackling overall crime by carrying out warrants and road traffic work and visiting second-hand dealers, scrapyards and licensed premises,” he said.

“Criminals will have no place to hide in Barnsley.

“We want our work to reassure the public that we’re actively looking to protect them.

“In addition, local policing team officers will be conducting high-visibility patrols in key areas to drive home crime prevention messages and carry out vulnerable vehicle checks.”