Dore and Whirlow ‘safest neighbourhoods’ in Sheffield as violent crime worsens

Two south west neighbourhoods have been named among the safest in Sheffield, with the fewest robberies and dangerous weapons in the city

By: William Holmes
Date: 08/10/2021

Two south west neighbourhoods have been named amongst the safest in Sheffield, with the fewest robberies and dangerous weapons in the city.

Throughout 2020, the Dore and Whirlow saw the fewest number of robberies and dangerous weapons seized across the city, as well as having the lowest levels of bicycle and petty theft.

For violent crimes and anti-social behaviour, fellow south-western neighbourhoods Endcliffe and Ranmoor also reported the least number of offences.

Out of the 57 areas with data collected in Sheffield, Sharrow was ranked most dangerous in the south west, placing 17th city-wide with 113 crimes per 1,000 people.

Above: Alan Hancock at a POINT7 event to encourage young people to avoid violent crime.

However, the number of dangerous weapons and violent offences in Sheffield have risen consistently over the past five years, and former police constable Alan Hancock, 68, says more should be done to curb this.

“The Council and police need to realise that producing new posters, leaflets and knife bins has never, and will never, be enough,” Alan said.

“Although there have been numerous occasions where the Council and police have tried this, in various locations, the levels of violent crime have still increased.

“The authorities need to think afresh about the issue.”

In 2016, possession of weapons accounted for 0.6 per cent of all crimes reported in Sheffield, but rose to 1 per cent in 2020.

Violent crimes, which include sexual offences, have also doubled in the last five years, sitting at 12 per cent in 2016 and jumping to 26 per cent in 2020.

Alan added: “My view is that educating ‘all’ young people on this and related issues needs to be introduced without delay.

“Police and youth workers only become involved with young people once they come into the system – this is usually too late.

“Personally, I feel that the number of knife-related incidents will only increase should the authorities remain unwilling to listen to and implement new methods.”

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