A top cop has praised residents in Mexborough, Conisbrough and Denaby for helping officers to drive down the number of burglaries in the area.
Superintendent Eddie Murphy, of Doncaster Police, said there has been a significant fall in the number of break-ins from last year to the same period this year.
Officers were called out to deal with 202 burglaries across Doncaster in October 2012.
But last month this figure fell to 154.
Supt Murphy said: “This means that there were 48 fewer victims of this horrible type of crime.
“And we’ve seen a marked reduction in the number of offences committed due to people leaving either doors or windows insecure.
“I would like to thank the public for taking the extra precautions and making it even harder for criminals.”
He warned householders to keep security at the forefront of their minds, especially with Christmas fast approaching.
The officer said: “It’s unfortunate, but we do have certain people walking round looking for an easy target.
“Please don’t be their prey.”
South Yorkshire Police launched a campaign last month to encourage residents to keep their homes and vehicles secure.
This was alongside the force’s pledge to dedicate more resources to tackle these kinds of crimes.
The drive was all part of Operation Lockdown in the borough.