Car theft is down - but break-ins go up in South Yorkshire

New  South Yorkshire Police Chief  Constable David Crompton
New South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton
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Crime in South Yorkshire has fallen by seven per cent over the last 12 months, according to latest figures released by the police.

Between April 2012 and March this year, a total of 93,646 offences was recorded by South Yorkshire Police - a reduction of 7,206 compared to the previous 12 months.

Reported offences of violent crime fell by six per cent, with 14,087 logged compared to 15,050 the year before, and the theft of cars fell by 15 per cent, with 2,281 reported crimes recorded compared to 2,668 over the previous 12 months.

Reports of non-domestic burglaries fell by five per cent, with 8,609 reported compared to 9,095, and reports of criminal damage fell by 13 per cent, with 16,886 incidents logged.

But all other categories of crime saw increases.

Fraud and forgery went up 10 per cent to 2,369 offences, and house burglaries went up eight per cent, with 8,229 crimes recorded compared to 7,654 the year before.

Sexual offences rose by two per cent, with 651 crimes recorded compared to 640 over the previous 12 months.

There were also more robberies, with 889 recorded compared to 861 the year before.

And shoplifting went up five per cent, with 9,610 offences recorded compared to 9,122.

Despite some rises, South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton said he was ‘really pleased’ with the figures.

“They represent us working as hard as we can to make life difficult for criminals,” he said.

“It has been a difficult year for the force, but people have kept focused on the job in hand.

“When you add to that the scale of budget cuts we have had, we have done well to keep crime going down.

“Our ambition is to keep it going down.”

He said ‘high volume’ offences from burglary to vehicle crime would now be prioritised particularly - and added he was pleased offences of violent crime had dropped.

“It’s great that, with a huge student population and economy, we try to make Sheffield one of the safest cities you can possibly go to,” he said.

“We are very proud of that.”

Collette Williams, aged 44, of Longley Hall Road, Longley, Sheffield, whose home was firebombed in a case of mistaken identity last weekend, said she no longer feels safe.

“I had never been a victim of crime until last weekend, but now I have it has really affected me,” she said.

Miss Williams, who works at the Northern General Hospital, escaped through a bedroom window after a petrol bomb was thrown into the living room of her flat in the night.

She said she felt lucky’ to be alive after the attack last Saturday.

“I never used to feel worried about being on my own at night but now I am, even though I know I wasn’t the intended target,” she said.

“If I could afford to move I would after all this.”