A POLICE scheme to reduce rising burglary figures which has seen criminals target homes with high-value cars has yielded positive results, according to officers behind the crackdown.

The Chronicle revealed last month that police - who admitted there had been a sharp increase in so-called ‘two-in-one’ break-ins - were focusing their efforts on areas including Darton due to its close proximity with the West Yorkshire border and criminals taking advantage of confusion over force lines.

A police spokesman said: “Acquisitive crime in the Darton area has reduced and is not a major issue at the moment, but it’s something we will continue to pay attention to. The north area of Barnsley is one of the safest in the district.”