A WEEK-LONG crackdown on crime gets underway in Barnsley today.

South Yorkshire Police will be targeting a number of suspects throughout 'Operation Benchmark', which runs from February 10-16.

However, they will also be offering crime prevention advice to local residents to try and stop them becoming victims of crime.

Inspector Simon Leake, who’s leading the initiative, said they’d be aiming to meet targets of house burglary and vehicle crime.

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."