Sheffield students warned of burglars prowling streets

Sheffield students are being warned about burglars prowling the streets looking for homes to target.

Tuesday, 23rd June 2020, 9:14 am
Updated Tuesday, 23rd June 2020, 9:15 am

The Sheffield North West Neighbourhood Team has reported a number of student properties ‘targeted by burglars’ over recent weeks.

And with students gradually returning to the city as lockdown measures are eased, South Yorkshire Police is urging them to be on their guard.

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Students in Sheffield have been warned to be on their guard against burglars prowling the streets

Sergeant Adam Wood said: “Whilst the numbers of students in key areas isn’t what it usually is, we are starting to see groups of students returning to the city.“Some of them are coming back for the summer, to catch up with friends and get back into student life. Others are getting houses and accommodation sorted for next term, viewing properties and slowly moving in.“We know this, and so do burglars.”

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Sgt Wood added: “Criminals take full advantage of insecure properties and the heaps of technology inside student properties. Whilst I don’t want to scare people, it’s important that everyone is aware of their tactics.“Prolific, opportunistic burglars will try doors and look for open windows, they also keep an eye on properties, especially those belonging to large groups, as the chance of a door being left unlocked is higher.“Our advice is simple, secure your property, keep anything valuable out of sight or just take it with you.“I cannot resist the temptation to channel a sensible dad here and say please think about home security, it doesn’t take much to lock the door or check someone else has.“By doing this, it can save you a lot of tears, money and hassle.”