Welcome message from the Neighbourhood Inspector Kevin Smith
Hello and welcome to the Sheffield North West NPT team pages, I’m Kevin Smith and I’m your local neighbourhood inspector.
As a team we have responsibility for some brilliant parts of the city, with a great mix of urban and rural communities. This unique blend creates opportunities for us to be innovative and look for new ways to deliver our policing priorities and keep you safe.
One of the most important things to me is ensuring we have strong and solid relationships with you, the public, and that we hear from you about issues where you live. We’re a proactive team and we like to act on what you tell us, that way we know we’re tackling what really matters.
Your neighbourhood team should be your direct point of contact for anything that’s bothering you, but also to share good news and opportunities that we can get involved with.
In December 2021 and January 2021 we determined our area priorities based on what you told us mattered most to you. Our priorities for 2022 are:
1) Road Safety, including Speeding, dangerous driving and parking complaints.
This, when combined, was the largest area of concern for our community. We will work with our partners, and put in place strong community measures like community speed watch to increase surveillance on the roads and to make speeding less "consequence free". We were at the forefront of a community based approach to "Close Pass" offences, and will continue to innovate and come up with new ways to make the roads safer for you.
In June 2022 we started Operation Parksafe in the North West Police area, in reduce the issue of illegal, dangerous and anti-social parking. You can find out more about this operation by reading this guidance document.
You told us that you are concerned about burglaries in your area. We are working to reduce burglaries by working with our partners to reduce and prevent burglars, and by arresting those responsible. We currently have three problem solving plans relating to the most burgled areas of the city, designed to reduce long term burglary by increasing security measures in those areas in conjunction with our local partners.
3) Vehicle Crime
You told us that you were increasingly concerned about vehicles being broken into or stolen. We will work to identify those responsible, but also to make our communities safer with neighbourhood watch schemes, CCTV and other methods to reduce this issue. We have also found that by paying close attention to badly parked cars, we find that sometimes that people who park their cars without a care for them, do so because the car doesn't belong to them. In this way Operation Park Safe also addresses vehicle crime.
We are currently working with the manufacturers of some of the vehicles most frequently stolen to try and tackle the issue. In the meantime, we recommend that people who own vehicles that are targeted by car thieves, such as Land Rovers, Ford Transit vans, and Ford Fiesta STs to use a sold secure approved steering lock.