Police help protect homes in Sheffield from burglars

Rosemary Dale with Inspector Ian Stubbs, whose team arranged for door and window locks to be installed at her home
Rosemary Dale with Inspector Ian Stubbs, whose team arranged for door and window locks to be installed at her home
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Police officers are arranging for door and window locks to be installed in homes in Sheffield to prevent break-ins.

The initiative forms part of a three-month crackdown on burglary in Gleadless Valley and Gleadless, which have the highest number of offences in the city.

The installation of security devices is being carried out alongside extra police patrols.

Officers are also calling at the homes of known offenders at all times of the day and night.

Crooks are being monitored in the hope of encouraging them to think twice about committing crimes.

Operation Taste, which was launched last month, is a partnership project involving South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, Sheffield Council and Neighbourhood Watch.

Officers are handing out crime prevention advice and analysing mobile phone data of known or suspected offenders to track their movements.

They are also carrying out ‘stop and search’ checks on people in a bid to find those equipped to commit burglaries or carrying stolen goods.

Ian Stubbs, Safer Neighbourhood Inspector for the South West Sheffield Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Operation Taste is a proactive police operation designed to reduce domestic burglary and deliver crime prevention advice to both victims and those potentially vulnerable to burglary.

“As part of this officers have been informing members of the public about ways to protect their homes, from fitting key safes to handing out cold calling stickers and advice leaflets.

“This is just one of a number of elements of the operation that is using resources from across the force.”