Figures show burglary targets

Bessacarr and Cantley have emerged as the burglary “hot spots” of Doncaster.

People living in the neighbouring suburbs are the most likely to be the victim of a domestic break-in, according to police figures.

Other areas that are favourite targets for criminals include Edlington and Bentley.

Figures released under Freedom of Information legislation show that around 40 burglaries a week are committed acros Doncaster.

Statistics reveal that there were 2,054 domestic burglaries across the bourgh in 2010, a figure that reduced to 1,944 by 2011. The highest number was in Besscarr and Cantley - 224 in 2010 and 154 last year. In comparison, there were just 72 break-ins in Askern.

David Tang, who runs the Top Dry Cleaners in Nostell Place, Bessacarr, was not suprised at the figures because of the number or break-ins in in precinct in recent months.

He said: “Bessacarr is more prosperous so it’s not surprising they’re coming here. Wherever you live it’s always a good idea to be security conscious but people put that sort of thing on the back-burner until it’s too late and then they’re closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.”

Ward councillor Paul Coddington said the figures did not tally with information given out at Partners and Community together meetings attended by himself and fellow councillors.

“I think a lot of the figures are for opportunist thefts from garden sheds and people should be more careful,”he said.

Det Ch Insp Steve Whittaker of Doncaster CID appreciated the concern burglary caused in the community.

“We work tirelessly in Doncaster to reduce this type of crime by conducting on-going, proactive operations, executing warrants and arresting offenders.

“The work we undertake is reflected in the reductions from 2010 to 2011 and we are on target for a further reduction at the end of this financial year.”

Safer neighbourhood teams offer free surveys to identify household security weak spots.