Sheffield’s burglary hotspots exposed: is your area in the burglary top 10?

Police are warning home owners to secure their property
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Sheffield’s burglary hotspots are revealed in The Star today - as some areas see increases in break-ins despite a 20 per cent fall across the city.

Predicting criminal behaviour and sharing information has led to a decrease in burglary across Sheffield, a South Yorkshire Police superintendent has said.

Burglars are being hunted by police in Sheffield

Burglars are being hunted by police in Sheffield

But several areas bucked the trend and suffered a rise in the crime.

A 20 per cent drop in burglary across Sheffield in 2015 compared to 2014 came after the force put together ‘Targeted Offender Action Plans’ around people likely to commit crime, Supt Shaun Morley told The Star.

But despite the overall drop, 18 areas in Sheffield had increases in house and business burglaries in 2015 compared to the year before, including Woodhouse and High Green, a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by The Star reveals.

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Parson Cross had the highest number of burglaries outside the city centre in 2015 with 160, followed by Woodhouse, Walkley and Hillsborough.

The news comes weeks after Parson Cross was revealed to be the area with the highest reported crime rate in Sheffield, with 4,069 crimes in three years.

Stock - House Robber / Burglar / burglary / break in

Stock - House Robber / Burglar / burglary / break in

Woodhouse, Walkley and High Green were the only areas in the top 10 to show an increase in burglary, against an overall trend of burglary falling in the city.

Coun Alan Wood, who represents Woodhouse, said: “There have been issues around burglary, particularly house burglaries. I would advise people to lock doors and windows, and don’t leave windows open.

“Make sure sheds are secured and that all burglaries are reported to the police.”

Other areas to see a surge include Mosborough, where there was a 115 per cent rise, and Upperthorpe, where there was a 75 per cent increase.

Despite being the worst area for burglaries, Parson Cross recorded a 14 per cent drop in the crime.

Firth Park, Gleadless Valley, Darnall, Manor and Broomhill also all enjoyed reductions in break-ins.

Gleadless Valley

Gleadless Valley

Parson Cross Coun Alan Law said: “I’m surprised. I don’t think people in North East Sheffield realise how short staffed police are. But it’s not a fair reflection on Parson Cross. I have been a councillor for the area for 20 years and it is a lovely area, and there are some very nice people.”

Broomhill Coun Kieran Harpham praised the change in his ward.

He said: “It is a good thing, especially as Broomhill is one of the biggest student areas in the city.

“To see levels going down means that the police are doing the right thing. It is good to see that some areas are improving.”

Overall, burglary dropped 19.6 per cent from 6,061 crimes in 2014 to 5,066 in 2016. South Yorkshire Police Superintendent Shaun Morley said the key to the decrease in burglary has been targeting people who they think will commit crime as well as sharing information with partner agencies.

He said: “When talking about acquisitive crime, like burglary and robbery, we have seen burglary fall and only a slight increase in vehicle crime after a big fall the year before.

“Those types of crime, we have tried to look at holistically. Not only from an investigation perspective, but also from a prevention and education perspective.

“We have been working with our partners to target key locations where we’ve experienced problems.

“We’ve also become more effective in terms of offender management. Identifying, through intelligence and information, those individuals that are likely to be committing those crimes and developing Targeted Offender Action Plans around those individuals.

“All those things taken together with a much more effective use of that information and intelligence to target key offenders, arrest them and prosecute them has led to a reduction in those key serious acquisitive crimes like burglary.”

THE STATS:

Area - Total in 2015 - 2014 to 2015 comparison - % CHANGE - UP OR DOWN

Mosborough - 43 total 2015 - 20 to 43 - 115% UP

Upperthorpe - 28 total - 16 to 28 - 75% UP

Walkley - 114 total - 108 to 114 - 5.5% UP

Woodhouse - 137 total -111 to 137 - 24.3% UP

High Green - 94 total - 65 to 94 - 44% UP

KEY DECREASES

Parson Cross - 160 total - 187 to 160 - 14% DOWN

Firth Park - 55 total - 82 to 55 - 32% DOWN

Gleadless Valley 112 total - 139 to 112 - 19.4% DOWN

Darnall - 123 total - 164 to 123 - 25% DOWN

Manor - 69 total - 88 to 69 - 21.5% DOWN

Broomhill - 49 total - 80 to 49 - 38.75% DOWN

Stannington -39 total - 89 to 39 - 65% DOWN

TOP 10 + TOWN:

Area - Total in 2015 - 2014 to 2015 comparison - % CHANGE - UP OR DOWN

Parson Cross -160 total 2015 87 to 160 - 14% DOWN

Woodhouse - 137 total - 111 to 137 - 24.3% UP

Walkley - 114 total -108 to 114 - 5.5% UP

Hillsborough - 111 total - 149 to 111 - 25% DOWN

High Green - 94 total - 65 to 94 - 44% UP

Arbourthorne - 72 total - from 88 to 72 - 18% DOWN

Manor - 69 total - 88 to 69 - 21.5% DOWN

Lowedges - 69 total - 73 to 69 - 5.5% DOWN

Highfield - 67 total - 145 to 67 - 53% DOWN

Wincobank - 64 total 98 to 64 - 34% DOWN

Town centre - 191 total - (down 0.5% from 192 to 191)

OVERALL: 6061 to 5066 - 20% DOWN

Woodhouse

Woodhouse