Police issue warning about burglars prowling streets after spate of break-ins across Sheffield
A police warning has been issued about burglars prowling the streets after a spate of break-ins.
Police patrols have been stepped up in Walkley, Hillsborough and Stocksbridge areas following an increase in burglaries over the last few weeks.
Homes on Birkendale Road and Whitehouse Road were recently targeted by thieves and officers are urging people to report anything suspicious and to review any CCTV, dashcam or doorbell camera footage in those streets.
Sergeant Simon Kirkham said: “We are putting a great deal of work into deterring burglars from targeting homes in these areas.
“My officers will be carrying out extra patrols, both on foot and using vehicles, to increase our visibility over the coming weeks.“We are constantly building up intelligence around prolific offenders and the community being part of this is really important. We have made eight arrests for burglary in recent weeks and seized four vehicles suspected or proven to be involved in this sort of criminality.“Lots of people already have good security systems in place, these act as a deterrent but they also capture information that could be really useful for us.”Sgt Kirkham added: “We know that it isn’t always the first thing on people’s minds, especially after a period of great upheaval to everyone’s lives, but please think about home security.“Lock your doors when you leave, be mindful of what windows you’re leaving open and consider installing security equipment – it is worth the investment. “We will soon hopefully see a return to the hot weather too, when you’re in your gardens, make sure your doors are locked and that you keep an eye on your property, if there’s an opportunity to sneak in, someone might take it.“We get better results when we work with our communities, it’s vital you tell us things. Sharing intelligence and information combined with good crime prevention measures, do work.”Anyone with information about burglars and those buying stolen goods should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.