POLICE in Barnsley have been cracking down on car crime in the last three weeks - and have vowed to repeat their work to further reduce incidents.

Officers focused on the town centre, Hoyland, Wombwell and Darfield and have been taking action to disrupt vehicle thieves as part of a three-week operation.

Police have carried out high-visibility patrols between midnight and 5am - the times when most offences traditionally happen.

Plain clothes officers have also been deployed to stop thieves stealing from vehicles, and Police Community Support Officers have played a part by checking for vulnerable vehicles.

They found that more than 30 vehicles were at risk with valuables on display to tempt thieves - with some even being unlocked.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Steve Handley, of South Yorkshire Police, said: "The operation has been a great success across Barnsley.

"We've gone from around six or seven vehicle crimes a day to one or, on some occasions, none. The operation will be repeated in all areas of Barnsley in the coming months."