New CCTV installed to combat robberies

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CCTV cameras have been installed around accommodation in Sheffield after a campaign by police and student organisations.

The cameras have been placed around flats in Netherthorpe in a bid to improve safety after there was a spike in the number of robberies around the underpass near a tram stop on Netherthorpe Road when students returned last year.

Both universities, plus Sheffield International College, the English Language Teaching Centre and representatives from student accommodation sites Sheffield 3 and Opal 2, worked together with South Yorkshire Police’s dedicated student liaison officer, PC Bob Kenney, to raise money for an independent CCTV system.

The cameras cover the Netherthorpe Road area.

South Yorkshire Police will manage the system, as well as providing extra patrols in the area at peak times.

Inspector Darren Starkey, who leads the Sheffield Central Safer Neighbourhood Teams, said: “Robbery is a key priority for the police, and the student community returning to Sheffield this year can be assured officers will be monitoring the area very closely.

“Thanks must go to all involved who have contributed time, money and their expertise to this project.”

Tim Cooper, International Student Support Officer at The University of Sheffield, said: “The close collaboration on this project is an excellent example of the way effective teamwork is enhancing our international students’ experience of Sheffield.”