Students are living in fear following several recent thefts in the Crookes and Crookesmoor areas of Sheffield.
A theft on Crookesmoor Road is one of the latest cases to be reported just days after a 34-year-old man was charged in connection with a burglary in the Crookes area and another man was arrested in connection with the theft of a car.
University of Sheffield students have spoken out on how these thefts have affected them. Dan Hudson, 20, who lives next door to the occupants who were recently burgled on Crookesmoor Road said:
“The impact has definitely been notable on the house. There’s been a few sleepless nights when noises are heard coming from downstairs. I don’t like leaving the girls alone in the house at the moment.”
“I was raised in the countryside and was brought up in a place where these kind of things never happen and never knew these things do happen in real life.
“I know a couple of guys next door, they’re all trying to move on but it’s hard when they’re all scared it might happen again.
“I can’t sleep or leave the house now without checking that the doors are locked properly. The whole of our house has been affected negatively. I guess it can happen to anyone in the city.”
Another student and a friend of the victims, Dafydd Ellis, 19, was video interviewed about the thefts and the impact they have had on himself and the local community. He said:
“Since it has happened it has made me more anxious to leave the house.
“It’s always something that’s in the back of your mind. What if something’s happening back home?”
According to Police.UK’s crime map, the number of crimes in the S10 postcode area has risen from 175 in July 2015 to 189 last July with numbers continuing to rise.
South Yorkshire Police offer advice on their website in order to prevent burglaries:
“Always ensure doors and windows are locked. Even if you’re in the next room. Keep valuables and car keys out of view.
Consider joining a neighbourhood watch scheme if you have one in your area. If not, think about setting one up with local residents.”