Burglaries fall by three quarters in Sheffield during police crackdown

Police Officers in the Gleadless area are on patrol to crackdown on burglaries. Picture: Andrew Roe

Police Officers in the Gleadless area are on patrol to crackdown on burglaries. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Break-ins have fallen by three-quarters in homes in two Sheffield suburbs following a police crackdown.

Police officers have been visiting members of the community in Gleadless and Gleadless Valley during a three month operation.

Operation Taste involved officers issuing crime prevention advice and increasing patrols as part of efforts to reduce burglaries between July and September.

Officers also called at the homes of known offenders at all times of the day and night.

Criminals were monitored in the hope of warning them to think twice about committing offences.

Figures across Sheffield over the last five years showed the highest number of house burglaries occurred in Gleadless and Gleadless Valley.

South Yorkshire Police said since the start of the operation there have been 12 burglaries in the area, including six attempted burglaries, compared to 46 break-ins, including seven attempts, across the same period last year.

Burglary in the area is now 74 per cent lower than last year and overall crime has fallen by 15 per cent.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Whittaker, of South Yorkshire Police, said the force will continue to reduce burglaries.

He said: “Despite the success we’ve achieved during this operation we will not rest on our laurels and will be using many of tactics we’ve employed as part of the operation as we continue to drive down burglary.”

Officers also visited second-hand shops to check and analyse CCTV, attended court hearings to monitor bail conditions and used stop and search powers.

They found that during the operation both vehicle crime and damage to dwellings has also fallen by 40 per cent.

DCI Whittaker thanked all staff involved in Operation Taste, which was a partnership project involving South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, Sheffield Council and Neighbourhood Watch.

He said: “I would like to take this opportunity to pass on my thanks to staff within the Housing Service and Sheffield Council and Neighbourhood Watch volunteers for the work that they have done, the dedication, tenacity and great ideas which have all contributed to the excellent reduction in burglary dwelling offences achieved following Operation Taste.”