Signs have gone up in South Yorkshire warning thieves they are being watched in a bid to cut offending.
Dozens of signs bearing an image of staring eyes and the message ‘thieves we are watching you’ are going up across Rotherham.
The tactic is aimed at reminding criminals there are always people on the look-out for offenders in action.
Chief Inspector Ian Womersley, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “We hope these signs will act as a deterrent to would-be offenders, tackling everything from Operation Lockdown targets like vehicle crime to shoplifting and crimes associated with the night-time economy.
“They’ll support the town’s CCTV cameras and our network of Neighbourhood Watch teams.
“The signs can’t go unnoticed and we also want them to ring alarm bells for residents or people parking to ensure they take crime prevention measures, such as removing valuables from view.
“We will try everything to protect people in Rotherham and the signs are just one of the tools in our toolbox.
“If you commit crime in Rotherham then you run a very significant risk of being caught and prosecuted.”
The signs have been funded by the Safer Rotherham Partnership.