Story: Muneebah Waheed
Residents are expressing anger after metal theft has been continually taking place in Fir Vale and Page Hall, with large amounts of metal having been taken from their own private backyards.
Metal theft in Sheffield has risen by 72% in over 5 years with the Firth Park and Firshill districts having the highest number with a total of 822 thefts since 2006. This now seems to be an issue which is affecting the majority of the Fir Vale area. A local resident spoke to the Messenger about metal theft saying,
“It’s absolutely disgusting that metal has been taken without prior consent. I have elderly family members who have had metal stolen from their private backyards, which has left them feeling vulnerable to further attacks.”
Another listed her rotary washing line, metal dustbin, and cellar grate amongst items stolen. Instances of thefts of roofing lead from houses and other buildings had been reported, often resulting in difficulties in re-insuring properties.