BURGLARIES are up, but a crackdown on anti-social behaviour in the Wentworth South area of Rotherham appears to have improved troubled areas.
Rawmarsh and Parkgate along with other Wentworth South areas such as Dalton, Herringthorpe and Ravenfield saw a 23 per cent reduction in ASB offences, with figures dropping from 1389 in February to August last year to 1070 in the same period this year.
Nuisance behaviour calls plummeted from 604 to 418 - a drop of 31 per cent. But burglaries were up by 30 per cent from 108 to 140.
Thefts of vehicles were down from 182 to 149, and thefts from vehicles down by five per cent, from 127 to 121.
All crime across the area saw an increase of one per cent to 1330 incidents during the six months to August.
Complaints from Manor Farm estate at Rawmarsh - that was compared to the Bronx last year after a spate of ASB incidents, have dropped. Two men were arrested recently then released on police bail after being found with bolt croppers on the estate. Police are working with Rotherham Council to target nuisance tenants, it was reported.
Another arrest took place on Rawmarsh Hill for a burglary and the culprit (now serving two years) admitted another 12 burglaries. Another man arrested for prison riot and currently serving six years in jail also confessed to burglaries around Rawmarsh.
Increased patrols by PCSOs at Parkgate Shopping have seen a 40 per cent reduction in shoplifting and theft offences over the past three months, and all stores are sharing information, and using photographs of known offenders.
Increased calls about anti-social behaviour and criminal damage at Rosehill Victoria Park and Monkwood Road led to them becoming new priority areas for police attention. Sgt Bill Bell of Rawmarsh SNT said increased patrols and other resources would be applied.
Park Lane was added to Garbroads Crescent and Pingles Crescent at Thrybergh as another priority, due to ongoing motorbike nuisance and anti-social behaviour.