Goods worth £3 million have been seized by police in a crackdown on burglary and vehicle crime across South Yorkshire.
Jewellery, fishing tackle, building materials and a lorry carrying a crane are among the items recovered by police officers as part of Operation Lockdown - an initiative launched to help reverse a recent rise in burglaries and vehicle crime across the county.
Sat navs, car stereos, TVs, mobile phones, games, bikes, computers and golf clubs have also been recovered and efforts are under way to reunite them with their rightful owners.
Chief Inspector Jayne Forrest, who is leading the Sheffield arm of the operation, said most of the items were recovered in raids at the homes of suspected burglars and thieves.
She said she despite increased police patrols, where cars and homes are checked by officers who will let themselves into properties where doors have been left open, residents and motorists continue to leave themselves at risk.
“We say to people that if we can get in then so can burglars,” she said.
“The shock element works - people understand why we are doing this.
“People need to know how seriously we take this and if they are thinking of committing crime then we will relentlessly hunt them down to stop them from hurting people - you can never underestimate the human cost of crime.”
Chief Inspector Iain Chorlton said more stolen items could be returned to their owners if they were registered on the Immobilise website - a free database where details of electrical items and valuables can be logged.
“Having valuable or personal items stolen from your home or car is a distressing experience so any property we recover and return to people is good news,” he said.
“We’re doing our utmost to track down criminals and recover stolen items but the public can help us, and more importantly themselves, by registering their property on the Immobilise website.
“The online database is quick and free to use, and could help individuals to get their items back if they are lost or stolen.
“We know that people would rather not have anything stolen in the first place but thanks to Immobilise and the action we are taking, life is becoming more difficult for thieves.”
Over 1,000 arrests have been made so far as part of Operation Lockdown and over 200 vehicles have been seized in Sheffield alone.
It was launched after South Yorkshire Police recorded a 2 per cent increase in burglaries and vehicle crime between April and August – with 2,923 break-ins and 5,054 thefts of and from vehicles in just five months.
n Report car crime or burglary by calling 101.