ONLY a small amount of goods stolen in West Yorkshire is recovered by police.
Now officers have vowed to turn their attention on people who buy stolen property from thieves or burglars.
Items worth more than £65m were stolen in the county last year - yet police recovered less than £5m of it.
Those figures do not include stolen vehicles.
Now, the Crimestoppers organisation wants to hear about fences - people who deal in stolen property - and others who provide thieves with an outlet .
Crimestoppers' regional co-ordinator Det Sgt Ian Froggett said: "This property must have found new homes somewhere. This tells us that a lot of people are buying stolen goods.
"One thing to consider is that stolen goods are always stolen until they are reunited with the lawful owner.
"This means that however much an innocent buyer pays for stolen property, it remains stolen property.
"Without people prepared to buy stolen property, thieves wouldn't be able to pass it on and thefts would reduce substantially."
Det Sgt Froggett added: "Where the public can really help is if they pass on information about who they suspect is taking in stolen property, so the police can target them.
"It might be a neighbour who has lots of visitors, all taking bags or boxes in but coming out with nothing. Or it may be a shop or stall at a regular sale doing this.
"Bargain-hunters may see the same stalls every week, selling new products with damaged packaging where the store sale tag has been peeled off. We need this kind of information."
Rewards up to £1,000 can be paid for informationn which leads to an arrest and charge.. To give information call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.