Six arrests in connection with burglaries

SIX people have been arrested in connection with burglaries in the Brighouse area.

Inspector Mohammed Nawaz, who heads the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said the suspects had been travelling into the area to commit the crimes.

“So far this year we have achieved some excellent reductions in crime including in burglaries to houses. But I am a bit frustrated with the crimes that I have had in the area over the last couple of weeks.

“We have had eight burglaries. Some of them are where people have left windows open, there are insecure doors and entry is gained by keys that have been left in sight. The Euro profile locks especially on patio doors are still being snapped too,” he said.

“With the limited resources we have we do need the support of local residents. I need them to start looking at security of their own houses. If people need a crime prevention survey contact us and we will get a police community support office out to advise you about that and how to improve it.

“We do live in a very safe area, there is a good class of properties and it is an attractive place for criminals to come. But I need the support of everybody to make sure we grip it before it gets out of hand.”

The Lower Valley team has also achieved some good reduction in thefts from vehicles.

“But again we are getting crime past to us where people have left their wallets in the car and satellite navigation systems in the car, laptops and leaving the vehicle unlocked.

“There are criminals that are going from car to car trying their handles and if any are insecure taking what is inside of them.

“People need to make sure they are locking their vehicles and remove any belongings or put them out of site where they cannot be seen.”

He said he had some reports where thieves had broken into vehicles just to take spare change.

“It might seem irrelevant to you but to some it is not,” he said.

To organise a crime prevention survey call Brighouse Police Station on 01484 405251 or call into the station in Bradford Road between 1pm and 4pm Monday to Friday.