Teamwork is paying dividends for police officers in the Lower Valley after a substantial decrease in house burglaries.
Inspector Mohammed Nawaz, who heads the Lower Valley neighbourhood policing team, said over the past 12 months there had been a 30 per cent reduction in house burglaries which was a fantastic achievement.
There has also been a reduction in overall crime over the past two years of more than half and that anti-social behaviour in the area had also reduced by five per cent in the last year.
Insp Nawaz said it was a fantastic achievement in these tough economic times. “That doesn’t mean we are going to be complacent. One burglary is too many for us. We will continue getting the message out to the communities to lock up or lose it. At the end of the day a quarter of our burglaries are sneak ins and we cannot push it enough to get that message out there.”
He said his officers had some of the highest levels of satisfaction from victims of crime when following issues up.
“I am extremely impressed with the anti-social behaviour figure and despite the fact that I often go into the press saying anything that concerns you concerns me so let us know so we can do something about it. But a lot of work goes on in the background to get these kind of results.”
Officers from each of the areas, Brighouse, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe, Rastrick, Elland, Stainland and Greetland, gave detailed updates about how they tackle problems in their area at a meeting held at Brighouse Police Station.
These included contact points, crime prevention stalls, drugs raids, visiting community groups and much more.