Extra police patrols prove a success in crime hotspots in Sheffield

Insp. Ian Stubbs
Insp. Ian Stubbs
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Burglary and vehicle crime have reduced in two Sheffield estates identified as crime hotspots last year.

Police chiefs identified Gleadless Valley and Arbourthorne as problem areas for the force based on the number of burglaries and vehicle crimes reported, and extra officers were ordered to work in the areas.

New figures show that over the last three months there were 113 homes broken into compared to 193 over the same period the year before.

Thefts from vehicles dropped from 113 to 52 and the number of thefts of cars and vans dropped from 30 to 24.

Insp Ian Stubbs, of Woodseats and Gleadless Valley Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Three months ago we commenced a proactive operation in Gleadless Valley and Arbourthorne after the area was identified as a key problem area for the city.

“Significant extra resources have been put in to patrolling the area and undertaking other proactive tasks.

“Burglary has reduced from 193 offences last year to 113 this year. Theft from motor vehicles has reduced from 113 offences to 52 and theft of vehicles has reduced from 30 to 24.”