POLICE have destroyed more than 570 cars in Dewsbury after catching uninsured drivers in them.
Officers have taken the tough line in a clampdown on people who drive around the area with no insurance.
The scheme is now set to start countrywide after startling successes in West Yorkshire.
Over the last 12 months police have stopped 752 uninsured vehicles and the drivers have been prosecuted for driving with no insurance.
Then 178 cars were returned to their owners after they rushed out and organised insurance.
But 574 were scrapped after their drivers did not sort out insurance.
Sgt Alan Kaye, in charge of Dewsbury traffic police, revealed the cars being taken off the streets had caused a fall in other crimes.
"It is no coincidence that the recovery of uninsured vehicles from our roads has also had an impact on other aspects of crime," he said.
"The majority of those recovered were being used by people who were already known to us for a variety of criminal activity.
"Taking away their ability to travel around the district has reduced their opportunity to commit crime.
"As well as vehicles being used without insurance, other document offences have also come to light and indeed many motorists have been arrested for offences involving drink driving and driving while disqualified."
Dewsbury police commander Supt Marc Callaghan added: "This proactive policing initiative has no doubt reduced road casualties and increased community safety locally.
"Tackling issues like this head-on has also helped us to corner car criminals locally and curtail their activities."
Anyone with information about people who drive without insurance or commit other car crimes can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.