Beating crime across borders

Vehicle checks at Wyke crossroads, Wyke.

Vehicle checks at Wyke crossroads, Wyke.

CRIMINALS travelling in and out of Brighouse from bordering areas are not in for an easy ride.

Officers from the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team are on top of the job when it comes to making life difficult for criminals who come to Brighouse intent on breaking into someone’s home.

Areas such as Hipperholme, Lightcliffe and Bailiff Bridge and the top end of Rastrick could be at risk if it wasn’t for officers disrupting the tracks of offenders.

Sergeant Dean Maddocks, who heads the team, said part of the role of the neighbourhood policing team was to support the Integrated Offender Management Team who identify, looking at intelligence and previous criminal history such as location and ammo of crime, a list of offenders that they believe are criminally active at that particular time.

“These are then categorised into three colours, what we know as the traffic light system. There is red that gets the most attention, amber, and green who are just in the background. The IOMT do some work with individuals not just visiting them to find out what they are doing but offering support whether it housing, employment, or drug rehabilitation to try and stop them from committing further offences.

“We are tasked with visiting those individuals on a regular basis to find out what they are up to and get intelligence, who are they with and what they are up to, to build up a picture.”

He said there might be other offenders who are not part of the scheme but are known to them who they will also pay a visit.

“On top of that there is the border patrols which is literally the borders of Calderdale such as Bradford and Kirklees so anything from Shelf down through Hipperholme, Norwood Green, Lightcliffe, Bailiff Bridge, Clifton and up Woodhouse area, Elland, Stainland and Greetland. We are doing high visibility patrols both on foot and in marked vehicles and checking cars which seem suspicious.

“Of course we have done the vehicle checks at Wyke crossroads and again at Brighouse Sports Club and the automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) where we check them for unpaid insurance amongst other things.

“Experience shows that we do have a number of criminals that travel into the area from neighbouring divisions and because of the motorway links it is easy access.

“Although crime has dropped we cannot be complacent. The Lower Valley is relatively one of the safest, it has the lowest crime levels in West Yorkshire and partly because we are doing these activities and working with other teams such as roads policing and working through the night targeting specific areas.”

He said there is joint working with neighbouring forces and they are keen to do crime prevention work from high visibility patrols as well as crime prevention stalls and visits by local PCSOs about how to improve security at the home.

“The frustrating thing when we do all that is some people still leave their doors unlocked and leave property on display. People need to be mindful of their own security and make sure they shut windows,” said Sgt Maddocks.

“But we have had some positive outcomes from the work we are doing and have made some targeted arrests both in the division and in neighbouring divisions.”




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