A HARD-hitting approach to tackling school burglaries in the Dewsbury police area has been a success.
Twenty-two arrests have been made since a small police team was set up six weeks ago to combat the crime.
Detection rates have increased from 2.6% to almost 30% in the past six weeks.
Most of the arrests have been for burglary, but there have also been two for handling stolen goods, one for possessing cannabis and two for breach of bail.
A police spokesman said they were delighted with the "impressive results".
He added: "Four police community support officers in the area around West End Middle School in Cleckheaton disturbed four youths in the grounds.
"Arrests were made for various offences. I'm sure that the fact that the support officers were providing support and patrolling prevented yet another burglary."
As well as high-profile patrols and surveillance work, more than 80 `stop searches' have been carried out in the district.
Forensic and other evidence from CCTV cameras has also helped to increase detections and reduce offences.
The spokesman added: "We are working hard to make sure this continues. I would still like people to pass on information about suspected criminals."