Three-week crackdown on prolific offenders sees 39 arrests

Over the last three weeks, officers have been carrying out intensive activity in an attempt to crack down on Sheffield’s most prolific offenders.

Known offenders have been targeted through a range of operations aimed at disrupting their criminal behaviour.

As a result of this activity, officers have made 39 arrests across the city for various offences including theft, domestic abuse, burglary and assault.

Detective Chief Inspector Lee Berry, who has overseen activity in Sheffield, said: “We have used various tactics to bring these offenders in, including sending over 150 Christmas Cards to those who are believed to be involved in criminal activity…but instead of glad tidings, we’ve been sending out a warning that homes are being protected by Smartwater in certain areas of the city.”

We have also been working hard over the last few months to help people to protect their belongings using Smartwater technology and we want offenders to know this too. Today will see the 500th home protected in Sheffield. South Yorkshire Police’s burglary campaign – Op Shield – is there to disrupt criminal activity and make it harder for offenders to escape justice.”

It might be approaching Christmas Eve, but we’re not shutting down. This crackdown is continuing into the New Year and we are still looking for people. Burglary is an intrusive and distressing crime and it will not be tolerated, we want to close down repeat offending and if you’re committing these offences, we will find you.”

Officers are continuing to ask for the public’s help to trace outstanding offenders, if you have any information that might be useful, please contact 101.

If you live in the Gleadless Valley area of Sheffield and you want information about how Smartwater can help you protect you home, contact us using the below email addresses:


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