Police carried out checks on 866 cars in Doncaster last night in the latest day of their crackdown on burglary and vehicle crime.
Operation Lockdown was launched at the beginning of October to specifically focus on these two areas of crime, following a two per cent rise in burglary and vehicle crime from April to August 2013, compared to the same period last year.
Overnight, a total of 866 vehicles were checked across Doncaster. South Yorkshire Police officers found that 22 of these were unlocked, while there were also six pedal cycles described as “prime for stealing.” In Balby, 646 vehicles were checked, while 220 vehicles were checked in Wheatley.
When police went to alert one of the owners of the unlocked cars that their vehicle was vulnerable, they discovered that the front door of the property in Balby had also been left unlocked.
Supt Eddie Murphy said: “There is still a need to carry out these crime prevention patrols. We will not be able to reduce crime unless the public play their part and secure their property.
“On one incident officers found an insecure vehicle. They then checked the house door of the vehicle owner and also found this insecure.
“Officers also found property in gardens which criminals would be more than happy to steal.”
“This operation has shown us that many of our criminals just walk around looking for something to steal.
“They will try door handles and, in fact, criminals when interviewed about such crimes will say ‘they deserve it, if they leave it open’.
“Nobody deserves to be a victim of crime. We will take robust and positive action against offenders.
“We have increased patrols and we will continue to carry out such checks. All I ask is for people to take the time to check their vehicles and do a check of the house before going to bed to ensure that doors and windows are locked. Do not leave things on show.
“Our aim is to keep you with your property so that you can enjoy it, not for it to end up in the hands of criminals.”