Reducing crime in South Yorkshire ‘may be tough’

Andy Holt
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Police chiefs in South Yorkshire have admitted it will be a ‘tough ask’ to continue reducing crime in South Yorkshire as Government funding cuts bite - but have vowed to keep up the fight.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Holt spoke out after new figures showed there were 945 fewer crimes recorded between April 2013 and March 2014 compared with the previous 12 months.

Police officers on patrol

Police officers on patrol

House burglaries are down 12 per cent, with 7,264 broken into last year; vehicle crime dropped by six per cent to 11,558 and drug crimes fell by 10 per cent to 4,026.

But reports of sex crimes rocketed by 81 per cent, with 1,539 recorded, and incidents of violent crime went up by 17 per cent, with 12,098 logged.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Holt said the rise in sex offences could be down to a number of high profile cases giving victims of historic cases the confidence to come forward.

And he said the increase in violent crime was largely down to incidents reported off the streets - including private homes, prisons and schools.

The police chief said parents used to be happy at leaving schools to deal with assaults but were now more likely to report offences to the authorities.

“We will utilise all tactics available to address the areas the police can but my officers and staff can only succeed with support from partner agencies, such as local authorities, blue-light services, the prisons and the probation service, as well as extra vigilance from the public,” he said.

“South Yorkshire still remains a safe place. We have managed to by and large protect frontline officers - we still have as many coppers walking the beat.

“Continuing to reduce crime next year will be a tough ask but we will give it a go.”

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Tracey Cheetham said police officers ‘are continually working above and beyond in their daily duties just to keep on top of their workloads’.