Responding to rising crime

Story by Fran Belbin

Violent and drug related incidents in Burngreave this summer have attracted media attention, most recently a £50,000 drug bust on Holtwood Road. Neighbourhood crime statistics indicate that there has been some increase in criminality compared to last year, most worryingly a considerable rise in violent crime.

In October representatives of local organisations met with officers from Sheffield City Council and South Yorkshire Police to discuss an action plan for the area, with an initial focus on improving reporting of crime and engaging people at risk.

Inevitably, resource cuts across the public and voluntary sector have limited the ability of services to respond effectively. Never the less those present were keen to develop constructive ideas, and to better direct the resources and funds that are available.

Members of Burngreave Youth Network had mapped youth provision in the area and put forward proposals to increase access to activities for young people, while the Messenger and other organisations offered to improve residents’ awareness of reporting mechanisms through the newspaper and social networks.

Kathryn Mudge of Active Burngreave said

“It is important that local providers pull together to make the most of resources and continue to provide quality opportunities for our young people. Support from authorities is a must to ensure a collaborative approach.”

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