CAR thieves in West Yorkshire have met their match.
Figures from the force show officers are making a massive impact on vehicle crime.
It is due to the success of the police Target project's Steer Clear campaign.
Countywide detection rates for motor theft have increased by 97%, rising from 48 to 94 when compared with last year's weekly average. Detections for theft from motor vehicles have also increased significantly. They have risen from 32 to 75 every week, a difference of 134%.
West Yorkshire has also seen a considerable reduction in the number of vehicle crimes reported during this period.
Figures for recorded motor thefts show a 22% decrease, falling from 374 to 292. Reports of theft from motor vehicles have also dropped. Recorded incidents have fallen from 698 to 481, a reduction of 31%.
The man who used to be in charge of Huddersfield police, Chief Supt John Holt, now of Territorial Operations, said: "These results are extremely encouraging.
"We have been doing our utmost to warn the region's motorists and criminals to `Steer Clear' of vehicle crime, with an intensive programme of operations and crime prevention work covering the whole Force area.
"However, this is by no means an isolated campaign. Recent activity has built on the consistent good work of local divisions to drive down vehicle crime across the county.
"These figures reflect our determination to reduce the number of offences committed and to catch those responsible.
"The impact we are having is very reassuring and we hope to maintain this success for the considerable future."
The Steer Clear campaign was launched on June 14.
Operations with Trading Standards, the DVLA car licensing authority and local authorities are being used to disrupt criminal activity and arrest prolific offenders.