CRIME hotspots across South Yorkshire are revealed today by an updated map that pinpoints exactly where trouble has flared in communities – down to hospitals, shopping areas, nightspots and travel stations.
For the first time, the map gives residents an insight into what anti-social behaviour, violence or theft is happening on their street and at points of interest in their neighbourhoods each month.
In Sheffield, it shows that there were 99 crimes recorded at or near Meadowhall shopping centre in the run-up to Christmas – of which 77 were shoplifting or other thefts.
Anti-social behaviour was the main reason officers were called to or near Northern General Hospital 27 times.
And they visited busy city nightlife spots Carver Street and Rockingham Street a total of 59 times for offences including one weapon related, arson and criminal damage.
From May, the map will be updated to give details of what happened to offenders – whether anyone was arrested, charged or sent to prison.
Announcing the updated maps, Home Secretary Theresa May, said: “Armed with the information from those crime maps, people can attend their local neighbourhood beat meeting and hold their local police to account for their performance.”
Peter Marriott, the former chairman of Sheffield Neighbourhood Watch Association, added: “The more crime figures are published the more confidence it gives the public to know the police are doing their job.”
Figures from November 25 to December 25 also reveal four crimes at Sheffield railway station.
The map lists three offences at or around Sheffield United’s ground on Bramall Lane – including one categorised as a public disorder and weapon related offence and another as theft.
At busy shopping street Fargate, there were 20 crimes, including nine of anti-social behaviour.
In Rotherham, there are 16 offences listed at or around the bus station – seven of anti-social behaviour, three of violence and two filed under the ‘public disorder and weapons’ category.
In Barnsley there are 33 recorded on or near the car parking area off Wellington Street in the town centre including 16 incidents of anti-social behaviour, four drug offences, five violent crimes, five thefts and three shoplifting offences.
In Doncaster, one of the busiest streets for nights out - Hall Gate - has 11 offences recorded as happening at or around a nightclub there.
Visit www.police.uk to see the crime map.