Police deliver a clear ‘keep safe’ message

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DON’T become a victim of crime, that is the message being reinforced by police.

As the dark evenings approach officers have been out on the streets advising residents about a few simple precautions that could be put in place to prevent them becoming a target especially by burglars.

Leaflets containing advice and helpful telephone numbers have been delivered in the Sandholme Crescent area of Hipperholme, Whinney Hill Park, Brighouse, where there has been two thefts in recent weeks, Poplar View area of Lightcliffe and Field Lane, Rastrick.

Officers were also undertaking reassurance patrols in the Clifton area where there has been four house burglaries in the last week.

The day of action was part of Operation Hammer and is aimed at vulnerable people in the community.

Sergeant Dean Maddocks, who leads the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We have been talking to residents, giving them general crime advice and just encouraging them to report things. Elderly people don’t often report crime for fear so we just want them to feel confident to report it.”

Councillor David Kirton (Con, Hipp/Light) who is also the council’s representative on West Yorkshire Police Authority, said: “We just want to drive home the message to keep people safe with the dark nights approaching. Even just leaving a light on and other safety tips can help.”

As part of the operation officers joined forces with Wyke NPT to target commercial vehicles travelling between the two areas. “This way we can get criminals off the road and gather intelligence and deal with any other offences,” said Sgt Maddocks.

The operation continued into the night when officers targeted houses with no lights on, giving burglars a clear sign no-one is home.