South Yorkshire residents can see where the latest burglaries and car crimes have taken place in their area - by logging on to a new police website.
The site - Operation Lockdown - was unveiled yesterday as part of a new South Yorkshire Police campaign to tackle car crime and burglary.
It has been created as part of Operation Lockdown to raise awareness of the problem and encourage householders and motorists to be more vigilant and keep their homes and cars secure.
Inspector Mark Payling, from the force’s performance team, said: “We want to highlight the measures people can take to help make life harder for criminals.
“Unbelievably, one in three house burglaries in South Yorkshire occurs when a property is left insecure, maybe with a window or door open which makes it easy for a burglar to enter their home.
“In the last week, one in six reported instances of items being stolen from a vehicle have occurred when the vehicle has been found insecure.
“The website is updated every morning so people can see where we have had reports of these crimes in the previous 24 hours with additional information and advice on what they can do to help prevent themselves becoming a victim of crime.”
The website is supported by a marketing campaign which will include bus, radio and billboard advertising.
The campaign features four fictional characters - ‘criminals’ Nick De Mota and Robin Holmes, PC Andy Beat and Siren the police dog - who are working tirelessly to track down and stop thieves in their tracks.
Deputy Chief Constable Andy Holt said: “Everyone has a role to play in reducing burglary and vehicle crime.
“Officers and staff are working hard to catch offenders and conduct extra patrols in hotspot locations but we cannot tackle these issues on our own.”
Since Operation Lockdown began in October, police have arrested 436 people.