POLICE are stepping up patrols after more than 100 bikes and motorbikes were stolen in Barnsley in the last month.

The thefts - which add up to thousands of pounds in value - have prompted South Yorkshire Police Chief Inspector Andy Hodgkinson to urge people to do more to make their sheds and garages secure.

He said: "We’ll be doing lots of proactive policing so there will be officers out and about.

"We also want the public to play their part by making sure that bikes are secured - even if they're in an outbuilding."

Two motorbikes were taken from a shed at St Michael's Avenue, Monk Bretton, another from Crown Street, Hoyland, while a mini-motorbike was stolen from Burham Way, Darfield on Monday evening.

Four pedal cycles and a scooter were taken from Rose Avenue, Darfield, a mountain bike was stolen from St Anne’s Drive, Monk Bretton, and two mountain bikes went from Springfield Road, Hoyland.

"We want to hear from anyone with information about these or the other crimes," Ch Insp Hodgkinson added.

"We're especially keen to learn who's handling these vehicles, where they're going and receiving any information that might lead to an arrest."

Anyone who can help should ring South Yorkshire Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.