Women and young girls are expressing growing concerns towards their safety in Sheffield.
Sheffield Futures were joined by young women from community partnerships such as The Manor & Castle Development Trust, Together Women and Broomhall Girls Youth Groups to discuss techniques to keep themselves safe.
The discussion found that most young women felt most unsafe in the city centre because of ‘people hanging around’ and West Street because of ‘the drunks’. Sharrow was ranked the safest because of its ‘peaceful community’, alongside Fulwood and Hathersage.
In reference from our previous report, a growing issue surrounding perceptions of the youth has led many young people to feel ‘discriminated against’ by the public for associating them to gangs and highlighted the importance of creating safe spaces for the young and youth work support.
Sheffield Safer and and Sustainable Communities Partnership report found that there are some types of crimes that have been reduced, whilst others increased. Between 2015/16 and 2016/17, reported crime has increased by 17%.
In 2016/17, a total of 76,976 crimes were reported in Sheffield. Out of 28 different wards in Sheffield, Fulwood is the safest with 49 reported crimes in March 2017. Crookes came second, with 65 reported crimes, followed by Dore and Totley and Ecclesall with 74 and 102 reported crimes.
Sheffield City Centre had the highest number of reported crimes of 1,181 which is followed by Burngreave at 575 crimes, then Darnall, Firth Park and Manor Castle with 482, 366 and 346 crimes respectively.
There are other crimes that are on the rise, including gang and youth violence, modern slavery and human trafficking, hate crime against the most vulnerable, domestic abuse and violence against women and girls.
The Crime Survey for England and Wales estimates that only 40% of hate crimes are reported to the police.