South Yorkshire Police have urged local residents to keep their belongings safe after announcing that 55 burglaries were recorded in a single day yesterday.
The announcement, made on Twitter, came just one day after a man entered the Dearne Valley College canteen in Swinton and made off with cash stolen from the till.
In South Yorkshire the past two weeks, we’ve seen a spike in burglaries, with 55 reports yesterday ALONE. Often they get in by squeezing themselves through an unlocked window or door.
— SouthYorkshirePolice (@syptweet) November 23, 2017
A man and a woman were also arrested today in connection with an attempted bank robbery in Rotherham on Tuesday morning.
South Yorkshire Police have confirmed the region has seen a spike in burglaries over the last two weeks and anticipate the number of offences will continue to rise as the days get shorter in the Winter months.
14,632 burglaries were reported in South Yorkshire in 2016, a FOI request revealed. No suspect was ever identified in 11,355 of those cases, meaning over three-quarters of burglaries in South Yorkshire in 2016 were unsolved.
As most burglars get into buildings by squeezing through unlocked doors and windows, police have suggested a number of safety measures for residents including ensuring all possible entrances are securely locked and erecting walls or fences to protect the perimeter of properties.
South Yorkshire Police have called for anyone with information on any burglaries in the area to call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.