Shine a Spotlight on Gang Crime

 
 
Worried or affected by gang crime in your area?

Gang crime can have devastating effects on your family, local business and the local community, such as increased levels of crime, violence and murder.
 
Organised crime costs the UK an estimated £24 billion. Nationally it involves around 39,000 individuals, operating as part of approximately 6,000 criminal gangs.
 
It can affect you on a day-to-day level, without you even being aware. Organised crime activities involve:
  • Human Trafficking
  • Child Sex Exploitation
  • Drugs (production / distribution / importation)
  • Firearms
  • Robberies / Burglaries
  • Money Laundering
  • Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Illegally smuggled or fake products
 
Natalie's Story

This animated film tells a story of a mum - Natalie who fears that her young son may grow up to be involved in gang crime. For her, that fear became a reality.
If you are worried that your child may be involved in gang crime, the last thing you want is to see them come to any harm. If you intervene now, you can prevent your loved ones getting hurt or ending up behind bars.

Tony's Story

In this film, Tony was drawn into organised crime through an associate. He quickly gained recognition and respect by his friends and family… though sometimes through fear. 

He led a flashy lifestyle... owning a large house, driving expensive cars and going on luxurious holidays with his fiancée Steph.  
It didn’t last and problems started to occur when the police visited his house. This affected his relationship with Steph… which no amount of gifts or money could fix.  
 
One day, officers searched their home and found several firearms. Steph watched as officers led him out of the house and she was left alone. Tony was sentenced to a minimum of five years…. and lost everything.
Don’t be like Tony, step out of the shadows. 
 

Betty's Story

This tells the story of an elderly woman named Betty who was once a happy, friendly neighbour - until a new family moved in next door. 

Over time, the neighbours became the source of antisocial behaviour and criminal activity, with gang members visiting their property at all hours. Eventually, Betty disappeared into the shadows, fearing for her safety and too afraid to leave her home.
For the elderly the effects of gang crime can make them feel powerless and vulnerable.
 
This fear can cause them to isolate themselves and hide away in their homes.  We are working to reduce the fear of crime among the elderly and help make them feel safe. 
 
Malcom's Story
 
For this local pub landlord - Malcom, in our animated film ran a successful business until a gang took over. The gang caused disturbances, had fights and used the pub as a base for their criminal ways.  Over time, they took control of his pub and his loyal customers went elsewhere. He eventually had to turn off the beer pumps and sell his business.
 
 
What we are doing to tackle gang-related activity
We are working hard in South Yorkshire to reduce this threat, stopping the opportunities for organised criminals to take root across the county and make areas safer to live.
 
The Anti-Social Behaviour Team work with agencies to progress cases against a wide range of individuals. In many cases members are issued with Criminal Behaviour Orders which stop them doing certain things such as going to public places or businesses, as well as encouraging them to visit organisations to help in their rehabilitation. If they fail to comply with these conditions, can result in the individual to be sent back to court and then sentenced to a maximum of 5 years in prison. 
 
To try and stop young members of the community fall into gangs, we hand out Notice Of Concern letters to people under the age of 18 that are at risk, as they have associations and connections with gang culture and crime, along with information about the Fearless scheme. These letters inform the guardians and parents that if they pursue this course of action, that in the future they may end up in prison or even worse seriously harmed.
 
Results

As part of the Spotlight on gang crime campaign, we launched a surrender to provide an opportunity for people to dispose of any firearm or knife safely and quickly, with no fear of being prosecuted for possession. Over 180 weapons were surrendered and now unable to fall into criminal hands. For more details read the news release here.

In August 2016, 21 people believed to be involved in organised crime, armed criminality and drugs offences in Sheffield have been arrested, charged and remanded in custody as South Yorkshire Police intensifies the crackdown on those who choose to live on the wrong side of the law. Click here to read the news release for more information.
 
How can you help?
These crimes affect all of us. But there’s a lot we can do to protect ourselves, our families and our communities.
 
Step out of the shadows for a safer community, report gang crime and protect your family’s future.

Help us to identify those engaged in serious and organised crime or gang activity.

We know people may be worried about coming forward and telling us any information. Without your help it's hard for us to take action, meaning crimes will continue being committed, risking the safety and potentially, lives of innocent people.
 
If you know anything, whether it is about a specific incident or about gang-related activity, please report it.
  • Online
  • Call 101
  • 999 in an emergency.
  • Crimestoppers on anonymously 0800 555 111