South Yorks recorded crime figures fall

Fighting crime: Police officers executing a search warrant in Sheffield.                                            '                 Picture: Steve Parkin.
Fighting crime: Police officers executing a search warrant in Sheffield. ' Picture: Steve Parkin.

CRIME fell by seven per cent last year in South Yorkshire - with 95,362 offences recorded.

There were 6,783 fewer crimes in South Yorkshire in 2012 compared to the year before when 102,145 crimes were logged.

Violent crime fell by seven per cent, with 14,401 offences recorded but robbery went up by three per cent - or 23 offences - with 875 crimes logged.

Sexual offences fell by six per cent, with 629 crimes logged.

Household burglaries went up by seven per cent with a total of 7,955 recorded last year.

Vehicle thefts fell by 15 per cent, with 2,466 crimes recorded but shoplifting went up by 10 per cent, with 9,460 cases logged, and the number of cases of fraud and forgery went up by nine per cent, to 2,360.

South Yorkshire’s Temporary Deputy Chief Constable, Andy Holt, said: “It’s pleasing to see the hard work of our officers and staff helping to reduce overall crime.

“We have just completed a month-long festive campaign targeting excessive drinking and aggressive behaviour, which has contributed to a reduction in violent crime by over 1,000 offences.

“Some crimes that really impact on people’s lives are showing an increase and offenders who break into homes and cars will not be tolerated.

“We recognised the rise in house burglaries and theft from vehicles early and, using local intelligence, we’re targeting extra patrols and police activity on a daily basis.”

Pam Smith, who runs the Wordsworth Tavern in Parson Cross, where a mass brawl broke out on New Year’s Eve, said: “I have nothing but praise for South Yorkshire Police with the way they helped me after New Year’s Eve.

“We have had a problem with graffiti since then too, which they have also helped with.

“The police have fitted cameras on my car park, they are introducing a dispersal order next month which stops groups from hanging about on the streets and I have had a crime prevention officer look around the pub.

“I feel like crime is increasing but here in Parson Cross the police seem to be doing lots about it.”

Amy Fairest, aged 30, whose 11-year-old son Josh was attacked by a stranger when he played in the snow in Mailin Bridge this week, said the attack had left her worried.

“I have been a victim of burglary but an assault by a stranger is something totally alien and has really affected me.”