Over the last month the clocks have gone forward and Spring seems to have finally arrived, along with the sunshine.
From a policing point of view this has been a very busy period for us, especially over the bank holiday weekend with the number of people calling the police increasing.
I want to remind you that there are plenty of options for contacting the police and I would ask you to consider these in non-emergency situations.
Crimes can be reported online, in addition to lost and found property. The sites are user-friendly and guide you through what information is required.
We also have facilities for those hard of hearing.
If you cannot make voice calls, you can now contact the 999 emergency services by SMS text from your mobile phone, which has been designed specifically for people with hearing loss or difficulty with speech.
Thanks to this service criminals have been arrested, lives have been saved and babies have been born safely.
You will only be able to use this service if you have registered with emergency SMS first. It’s easy: text “register” to 999. You will get a reply – then follow the instructions you are sent. I hope you find this information of use.
So, in relation to crime in the area it’s still good news. However, there has been an increase in shed break-ins within the Calderdale area, which can be an easy target.
Consider what you keep in your sheds and look at how you would get in if you lost your keys. A qood quality padlock always helps. Battery powered alarms are available from most DIY shops and which can be an effective deterrent.
The best deterrent is not to store electrical tools or bikes in there in the first place, however. Also by personalising your property it makes it a lot more identifiable should you be unfortunate enough to have it stolen.
I’d like to remind those gardeners amongst you, when you are out in the garden, please remember to lock your door.
It only takes a few seconds for someone to sneak in your house and take your wallet or handbag whilst your back is turned. Make it as difficult for them as possible.
For those walkers amongst you, if you park your car to go walking, please do not leave anything on show.
It’s best not to take a handbag with you as leaving it in the boot could result in your car being targeted.
If you see someone looking into cars or hanging around for no apparent reason, please call us. We’d much rather have a call and prevent a crime happening than to come and take details after someone has had their car broken into.
The above is all basic crime advice and common sense when you think about it, but we want the residents of Calderdale to be as safe and crime free as possible.
Written by Inspector Rachel Bairstow
Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team