Police step up patrols in bid to beat burglars

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POLICE officers will be carrying out extra patrols in burglary hotspots across Sheffield in a bid to deter criminals from striking again.

In the run up to Christmas, officers will visit areas affected by break-ins to speak to victims and offer crime prevention advice.

They will be encouraging residents to think about their home security and urging them to keep valuables such as phones, purses, bags and laptops out of sight.

Police are urging residents to keep homes well lit and to consider buying security alarms.

Officers urge people to keep gates, sheds and outbuildings locked and stress that keys to homes should never be left hidden outside.

A police bus will also be parked up in some communties so officers can give out advice.

Detective Inspector Chris Singleton, who is leading the new campaign, said: “We want to make sure the progress South Yorkshire Police has made in reducing the level of burglary continues – we need residents to be alert and take whatever security measures possible.”

n Anyone with information about those involved in burglaries or handling stolen goods should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.