‘Crime rate in South Yorkshire needs to be cut faster’

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Police chiefs in South Yorkshire have shared South Yorkshire’s Crime Commissioner’s concerns over the rate at which crime is falling in the county.

Commissioner Shaun Wright branded the performance of South Yorkshire Police ‘unacceptable’ last week and told senior officers the force ‘must do more and do it faster’ to improve.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: “Overall crime has fallen in South Yorkshire for 24 successive years but we recognise that the current speed of reduction needs to accelerate.

“We are aware of the Commissioner’s concerns and share his aspiration to continue to drive down crime whilst operating within ever-reducing budgets.

“In relation to vehicle crime and burglary, we set up Operation Lockdown at the start of October to prevent these crimes happening in the first place and to catch those responsible for such offences.

“Since then, more than 150 people have been arrested for committing such crimes and next month we plan to launch a public awareness campaign about how residents and motorists can play their part in preventing such crime.”

The spokesman said improving performance with fewer officers was a challenge and ‘work is well under way to transform how we will deliver policing services to further reduce crime’.