South Yorkshire Police and partners were out in force last week across the county to tackle metal theft.
The activity was carried out over four days and was linked to the latest national day of action last Tuesday (3rd December), enforcing the new legislation around the illegal trade of scrap metal.
In South Yorkshire 63 vehicles were stopped with three people being reported for breaches of the new legislation and one vehicle found with red diesel. One person was arrested on suspicion of the theft of power tools.
Chief Inspector Andy Kent, said: “The metal theft day of action in South Yorkshire and county-wide operation has been successful in helping to reduce this type of crime and it has achieved its aim to raise awareness of the new legislation.”
“Metal theft is not a victimless crime, it can affect the whole community.”
“That is why it is so important for police and partner organisations to work together with local communities, businesses and legitimate scrap dealers to tackle this type of crime.”
Anyone with information regarding metal theft or suspicious activity in your area should contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.