Burglary spike down to prolific offenders

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‘One or two’ prolific criminals were to blame for a rise in burglary numbers– rather than the spike being a result of the economic downturn, according to South Yorkshire Police’s Chief Constable.

The Police Federation blames the rise on a shortage of police officers caused by Government funding cuts, and Barnsley MP Dan Jarvis said the rise could be linked to ‘people become increasingly desperate’.

But, commenting on an increase in burglaries in Rotherham and Barnsley, Chief Constable David Crompton said: “There was a rise at the beginning of the year, around April and May, in some acquisitive types of crime in Rotherham and Barnsley.

“In fairness, people have been working really hard to get on top of that and they are doing.

“It doesn’t mean the crime rates have settled back to the point where they are quite the same as Doncaster and Sheffield, where they have had better performance.

“I think more than likely we started off the year in Barnsley and Rotherham with one or two people who were hell-bent on committing crime.

“We have now got those arrested and got them back into the system and things are settling back down to the more expected levels.

“I would hesitate to lay this at the door of ‘the recession has hit harder in some parts of the county than others’.”

Recent crime figures show burglary rates have gone up by 36.2 per cent in Rotherham, and 7.1 per cent in Barnsley, since the start of the financial year.

In Sheffield and Doncaster levels have dropped.

Overall, crime in South Yorkshire fell by seven per cent last year– down for the 24th year running.

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