Police in Calderdale are taking the fight to thieves with a combative new crime plan which aims to curtail the seasonal rise in burglaries.
As the nights draw in, the district traditionally sees a rise in the number of burglaries as criminals take advantage of the darker evenings to commit offences in the afternoons and early evenings.
In response to this, police have launched an Autumn and Winter Crime plan, which will see:
l suspects who are outstanding for any serious acquisitive crime prioritised and arrested.
l extra officers working at key times in plain clothes pro-actively targeting and patrolling hotspot areas.
l known burglars in Calderdale visited daily and their offending disrupted
l staff on the ground using stop and search powers and taking positive action in relation to offences discovered.
l Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) officers working with partners from probation and drugs intervention teams to divert offenders away from committing offences.
l Police Community Support officers, supported by police officers, council wardens and Special Constables, on high-visibility patrols.
Inspector David Shaw, of the Valley NPT, said: “The message to criminals at this time of year is clear. If you are out and about committing offences then you had better be looking over your shoulder because my team are out there looking for you and you will be caught and arrested.
“This is our community and our responsibility and together we can work together to keep crime down and make our district an even safe place to live.
“This operation is intelligence led and all new intelligence will immediately be reviewed and if actionable passed out for further work and enquiries.”
As part of the operation, ward-based officers will be running a number of crime prevention stalls and talks, giving out crime prevention advice leaflets and products. Advice includes; keeping doors and windows locked, keeping valuables out of view, disposing of packaging for expensive items, setting burglar alarms and using timer switches on lights.
Anyone with information can call the police on 101 or email Calderdale.NPT@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk
Alternatively you can, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.