POLICE in West Yorkshire are beating the car criminals.
Figures just released show a big fall in crime.
The number of vehicle crimes reported across the county is much lower when compared with the same period last year.
Following the Steer Clear campaign - part of the Target project - the weekly average for recorded thefts of cars has fallen from 374 to 250, down 33 %.
Reports of thefts from vehicles have also gone down. The number of incidents has fallen from 698 to 430, a drop of 38%.
Over the last six weeks, the region's motorists and criminals have been urged to Steer Clear of vehicle crime, with an intensive programme of operations and crime prevention work covering the county.
Assistant Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell said: "We are delighted with the results of this campaign.
"The activity has built on the consistent good work of local divisions to cut vehicle crime across West Yorkshire.
"Although Steer Clear has come to an end, we are determined to maintain this impact and have many more operations planned for the months ahead."
The Steer Clear campaign saw a range of partnership work with trading standards, the DVLA and councils.
The campaign disrupted criminal activity and prolific offenders were arrested.
The Crimestoppers scheme also backed the campaign by encouraging people in local communities to help reduce vehicle crime by passing on information about those responsible.