WING mirrors are being stolen from cars at a rate of up five a night.
Officers from the Rural neighbourhood police team (NPT) have teamed up with a local garage to stop the thefts from Mini cars.
Sgt Matthew Jackson launched the initiative after alarming levels of thefts were reported in Sandal and Newmillerdam.
He believes thieves may be targeting Mini mirrors as they are easy to steal and easy sell on.
Sgt Jackson said: “Someone out there must know who is behind these thefts. We would urge anyone with information to come forward.
“We also want to hear from anyone who has been offered wing mirrors for sale.”
He has been in contact with the manufacturers of the vehicles to urge them to improve security of the mirror fittings.
The thefts have increased during the past two months and officers fear they could rise further as nights begin to draw in.
The thieves may also be scouting for Minis before returning to steal the wing mirrors.
Owners are being urged to visit Sandal Motors on Dewsbury Road, on Sunday, September 18, to have their mirrors marked in UV ink.
Sam Noble, service advisor, said: “We can see up to five people a week coming in after they have had their wing mirrors stolen. If I see one in the morning I know that there will be more later that day – it seems to come in fits and bursts.”
Some of his customers have been targeted on more than one occasion.
Mr Noble said: “They are sold for about £20 on Ebay but they can cost £490 to replace – even more if the door has been damaged when they’ve ripped them off.”
Anyone with information about the thefts should contact the NPT on 0845 6060606.
For crime prevention advice log on to www.westyork shire.police.uk