Fewer students fall victim of crime in Sheffield

Chief Inspector Jayne Forrest, of South Yorkshire Police
Chief Inspector Jayne Forrest, of South Yorkshire Police
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Fewer students have become victims of crime in Sheffield during the first two weeks of the new university term.

Robbery, burglary and theft from a person have all dropped in the first weeks since students returned to Sheffield, compared to last year’s statistics.

A poster by South Yorkshire Police

A poster by South Yorkshire Police

The figures have been released following a South Yorkshire Police crackdown on alcohol-fuelled violence involving students.

Crimes where students are the victim fell from 246 over the same period last year to 157 this year.

Robbery fell from 42 to two, burglary from 127 to 79 and theft from a person from 44 to 35.

But assaults increased from 33 in 2014 to 41 this year.

Police joined forces with both city universities ahead of freshers’ week after figures revealed students in the city are more likely to become the victims of alcohol-related violence than other residents.

Extra police were on patrol in the city centre and Carver Street was closed to vehicles over the freshers’ week weekend.

Officers urged students to know their limits with alcohol and not to let one extra drink result in life-altering consequences for both the victim and perpetrator.

Chief Insp Jayne Forrest, from Sheffield District Police, said: “In the first two weeks since students have returned to Sheffield we have seen a significant decrease in terms of the most common offences with students as victims.

“While this has been very encouraging, we have unfortunately seen a slight rise in the number of assaults compared with the same period last year. Many of these assaults have alcohol as an aggravating factor.

“This does reflect the point of our campaign, which is knowing your limits and not allowing yourself to become embroiled 
in trouble.

“Our message is a simple one – not letting one extra drink lead to a drunken scuffle, which can have life-altering consequences.

“There can be little worse than seeing someone’s future jeopardised because of one drunken mistake and we are continuing to work with the universities to reinforce this message.”

She said Sheffield was a safe city and welcoming to the thousands of students who live and study here.

The police and Sheffield DACT – Drug and Alcohol Coordination Team – launched a Best Bar None app for mobile phones which includes information needed for a safe night out in Sheffield.