South Yorkshire police chief calls for jail for burglars

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright
South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright

South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner is calling for all burglars to face jail – after revealing his home had been broken into.

Shaun Wright said household burglaries are ‘traumatic’ and cause considerable ‘upset and grief’ to the victims.

He revealed that when his home was broken into in December 1994 money and jewellery were taken, but the loss of a camcorder with a film of his grandfather and baby son hit him most.

Mr Wright had filmed his elderly grandfather recalling old stories of his youth with the baby on his knee.

“They took money and jewellery but what could never be replaced is a camcorder and a film of my grandfather, who had dementia and was in his 80s, recalling stories from his life while my baby son was sat on his knee.

“A couple of months later my grandfather passed away.”

Mr Wright described burglary as a ‘very serious crime’.

“Burglary is something that people should go to prison for – sneak-ins are bad enough but when someone prises your window open and climbs through in the middle of the night it is a terrifying experience.

“People who do that should always go to prison.

“There are around 7,000 burglaries every year – that is a huge amount of homes being invaded and property being stolen and upset and grief being caused.”

Mr Wright spoke out on the day he asked residents with questions on how the county is being policed to contact him online.

He also wants members of the public to raise their issues and concerns to help him hold Chief Constable David Crompton and his force ‘to account’.

The Commissioner said: “It is very important for me to understand the expectations of the members of the public in South Yorkshire when it comes to policing.

“I am responsible for holding the Chief Constable to account on all policing matters.”

* Visit South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner to ask questions or raise concerns before Sunday, September 15.