Crime has dropped in the east of Sheffield including areas such as Arbourthorne and Manor, according to police.
South Yorkshire Police sergeant for Arbourthorne, Joe Hunt, told a meeting of Manor Safer Neighbourhood Team Partners and Communities Together that 1,255 fewer people were victims of crime in the Sheffield East Safer Neighbourhood Area year-on-year in the last 12 months compared to the previous year.
The drop represents a fifth less crime in the area – or 19 per cent – while burglary was down 33 per cent, the equivalent of 265 fewer homes being burgled.
There was also a sharp drop in car crime of almost a third – 31 per cent – while criminal damage dropped 20 per cent. But police said they would continue to work to reduce crime further.
Mr Hunt said the force now sends an officer to every instance of car crime, and uses a combination of CCTV and forensic evidence as well as talking to those living in the area to find offenders.
He added: “Crime prevention is important and the drop in crime means we can spend more time on crime prevention. At the moment we are having quite a lot of success in that area.
“We understand burglary is a very specific offence for that individual, and we do appreciate the effect it has on people. We will continue to drive those figures down.”
Mr Hunt added the force is tackling response times by making appointments to see victims in non-emergencies.
He also said the force is beginning to bring back ‘PACT priorities’ – the types of crime deemed needing attention in an area. For the Manor Castle area, they are theft from a motor vehicle, burglary and the force-wide child sexual exploitation priority.
He added: “PACT priorities did drop away to an extent, but we are trying to reintroduce them.”
People living in the east of Sheffield agreed they feel more safe. Masood Dawood, 60, of Staniforth Road, Darnall, said: “I feel safe, because the police are always round the area.”
Ahmed Nasir, 35, of Gainsford Road, Darnall, added: “I haven’t been a victim of crime but my next-door neighbour was – I think they took a laptop. The window was open. When the police came, we were advised to close everything.”