The Star Opinion: How you help beat criminals

Opinion: Star editorial comment.
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AFTER two shootings in Sheffield, crime is firmly back at the top of the agenda.

The incidents in Halfway and on London Road prompted police to tell residents not to be alarmed.

A senior officer promised swift and decisive action. This was just what residents wanted to hear because any shooting is always cause for concern.

Nevertheless, we believe Sheffield is a safe city and the public have a role to play in this. We are the eyes and ears of the police and have a duty to report any suspicious behaviour.

Take the rise in burglaries in Charnock, Frecheville, Beighton and Woodhouse Police are stepping up patrols after an unusually high number of break-ins and residents are being asked to be vigilant.

This is how we tackle crime. The police do their bit with the patrols, while the public remain vigilant and take positive steps to make it as difficult for the burglars as possible.

Speed zones need to be well policed

TWO more areas of Sheffield are set to have 20mph zones as the city aims to cut road accidents.

Not surprising when we learn the total cost of road accidents is £425m for South Yorkshire, a figure which covers the impact on emergency and health services, damage to property and vehicles and lost economic output from people left dead and injured. So the zones proposed for Woodthorpe and Lowedges would appear to be justified.

The problem is there has been a poor response from residents. Leaflets were sent to 5,000 households on the estates – but just nine people in Lowedges and 11 in Woodthorpe gave their views.

So while the theory is good, what is going to happen in practice? The only way the schemes will work is if they are effectively policed. Let us hope this happens otherwise it will just be an exercise in signs.

Jolly good shows

CONGRATULATIONS to Sheffield Theatres, which has been named Regional Theatre of the Year.

The honour came from influential theatre publication The Stage, which praised the city in its 100 Awards for 2013. Sheffield Theatres was praised for the quality and range of productions, which judges said made it stand out from the others.

This is praise indeed and shows just how good the shows are that we are able to enjoy. To do this in a time of cuts to the arts is particularly impressive and long may this good work continue.