LAFAYETTE — State Police issued more than 400 citations during Operation Trailer Hitch, which targeted unsafe, unregistered and stolen trailers, according to a news release.

In all, troopers issued 439 citations and recovered one stolen trailer.

More than 200 of the citations involved violation citations, which requires the operator, in lieu of paying a fine, to fix the problem and report back to State Police or the Office of Motor Vehicles to prove compliance, the release said.

During the operation, 20 trailers were towed, 45 citations were issued for registration violations, 17 citations were issued for motor vehicle inspection violations and 40 citations were issued for equipment violations.

The operation took place from Tuesday to Friday, and was prompted by troopers reporting an increase in the number of trailers with no lighting, improper equipment, no registration and other unsafe conditions, the release said.

Troop I also received reports from the Bureau of Investigations about an increase in the number of stolen trailers in the area, the release said.

Troopers and other law enforcement agencies will continue to look for unsafe, and unregistered trailers being operated on public roadways within the state.

Anyone needing information about registering a trailer, having a trailer stamped or needing a physical inspection for a trailer or vehicle can call Troop I at (337) 262-5880.