‘Make it tough for the thief’

PC Stephen Holderness talks to residents at the crime prevention stall at Bailiff Bridge Community Centre
PC Stephen Holderness talks to residents at the crime prevention stall at Bailiff Bridge Community Centre

POLICE are urging homeowners to make life difficult for thieves.

Officers from the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team invited residents to a crime prevention surgery held at Bailiff Bridge Community Centre to advise them on the best ways to protect their homes.

Led by Stephen Holderness, a crime prevention officer for West Yorkshire Police, he explained how it will only take a burglar 20 minutes to get into a home with a cheap lock and no other security measures in place.

He said although seven locks have the British Standards logo on he only recommended that two of them be used. These are the high security cylinder locks, manufactured at Avocet in Brighouse, and the Yale anti-snap lock.

And for people with wooden doors, his only advice was to take the key out of the lock from the inside because that was the main way of breaking in.

He told more than 50 residents that 75 per cent of burglaries were committed through the back or side doors.

“If they use the method of entry at night that is mainly because of the car and during the day it is often the huge flat screen TV or a laptop that has caught their eye. Usually to check that people aren’t in during the day they will knock on the door,” he said.

Garden sheds have become a favourite for burglars at the moment and PC Holderness suggested putting as many locks on as possible and using a short padlock which would prevent people from being able to cut through it.

The event comes after the launch of the force-wide campaign “It only takes a minute”.

To contact police call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. If a crime is in progress always call 999.

Resident Malcolm Silkstone thanked the officers.