Cops are urging people to “keep it safe” after an increase in car crime and burglaries in South Yorkshire.
There has been a 2% rise in both crimes from April to August 2013 compared to last year and under Operation Lockdown, the police force is determined to buck these trends with help from the public.
Deputy Chief Constable Andy Holt said: “Everyone has a role to play in reducing burglary and vehicle crime. Officers and staff are working hard to catch offenders and conduct extra patrols in hotspot locations but we cannot tackle these issues on our own.
“A significant number of crimes can be avoided if residents and motorists take some simple preventative measures to secure their properties. I can’t stress enough the importance of locking your doors and windows, and keeping valuables out of sight.
“South Yorkshire Police will do its upmost to track down criminals intent on breaking into your car or home but you can stop the opportunist thief by securing your property.”
The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright added: “I know from experience the devastation that can be caused from someone coming into your home to steal your belongings. A person’s home should be a place that they feel safe at all times.
“Please help the police to reduce this crime by following their simple advice. Keeping your homes and vehicles secure at all times, will reduce the chances of becoming a victim.”