A MONTH-long anti-crime blitz will target car criminals across West Yorkshire.
The campaign aims to trap travelling criminals and will use high-tech roadside gadgets which immediately alert police to stolen cars or vehicles linked to crimes.
The four-week Steer Clear campaign started today and will include several high-profile operations to catch the villains.
Crime prevention schemes will give motorists tips on how best to protect their vehicles and property.
Prolific offenders will be targeted through both covert and high-profile operations.
Roads will be monitored using the Automatic Number Plate Recognition scheme. This shows up stolen or untaxed cars immediately, along with those seen at crime scenes.
A similar Steer Clear campaign last June led to a big drop in reported vehicle crime.
During the campaign the weekly average for recorded thefts of vehicles across the county fell by a third from 374 to 250, while thefts from vehicles dropped 38%, from 698 to 430.
Police are also clamping down on people who falsely claim they have been crime victims, sometimes in a bid to defraud insurance companies.
It wastes police time and disrupts the service they can give to genuine victims. Anyone caught faces a fixed-penalty fine or prosecution.
Assistant Chief Constable David Crompton said: "Steer Clear is set to give the region's criminals a very rude awakening.
"We'll be maintaining the pressure on those who commit vehicle crime with four continuous weeks of operations.
"This reflects our determination to reduce vehicle crime in West Yorkshire and catch those responsible."
Police community support officers will visit car crime hotspots to distribute literature and advice on how people can best secure their vehicles.
Mr Crompton added: "People can reduce their chances of becoming victims by taking simple precautions.
People with information about car criminals are urged to call Crimestoppers.
Crimestoppers co-ordinator Det Sgt Ian Froggett said: "We welcome any information that could help us to reduce the number of vehicle crimes. All callers will remain anonymous. Nobody will know you called.
"Your information, no matter how brief, could prove invaluable and we will take action against those responsible, wherever possible. If somebody gives information which leads to an arrest, they may prevent further crimes."