Police are to spent £2m to set up high-tech "honeytraps" to catch burglars and vehicle thieves, the Home Office says.
Sixteen police forces are to install hidden cameras and tagged property in "trap houses" and "bait vehicles" to improve burglary detection.
Items bought by police forces to support the initiative include automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) systems, tracking equipment, forensic scanners, intruder alarms, CCTV and property marking kits.
Jason Medlicott, described by police as a "prolific burglar", was jailed for two years and nine months after being caught breaking into a "trap room" set up in university halls of residence in Oxford. Medlicott initially denied the crime but admitted the offence in full when officers showed him the video footage.
The package is part of a wider £15m plan announced in 2009 to secure more houses and deter and prevent property crime.