The number of students whose homes have been burgled over the last three years has halved.
Latest figures from South Yorkshire Police show burglaries of student accommodation have fallen by 52 per cent, with 182 offences reported between April 2014 and March 2015 compared to 381 between 2011 and 2012.
Superintendent Scott Green, South Yorkshire Police’s lead officer for burglary, said: “We are committed to stopping burglars and have used ‘cocooning’ techniques, which involves the delivery of a police letter and burglary alert kit to surrounding properties after a burglary has taken place in the area.
“This helps residents to secure their homes against the burglars who are targeting the area.”
Richard Yates, Head of Security Services at the University of Sheffield, said: “We know that Sheffield is safer than other big cities but it is always pleasing to see figures showing such a significant drop in crime.”