Area sees huge drop in number of crimes

Brighouse is proving to be one of the safest places to live as the number of crimes continues to drop.

PC Liam Hay, community beat officer for the town, said that over a six week period there had been no burglaries and there had been a drop in the number of shed and garages break-ins from 16 to 14.

He reported the number of damage reports had gone from 16 to 11 but they had made a number of arrests in connection with some of the them.

There had been two warnings for cannabis issued and one drink driver had been arrested and charged.

PC Hay urged motorists to check if they had locked their cars. He said there had been 10 thefts from motor vehicles compared to the previous six weeks of 16. “The majority of them are insecure vehicles so just a reminder for people to lock their cars because people do go round and check to see if they are any open. If they do find any that are open they will go through them.”

There had been four cars stolen which was a rise from the last six weeks.

He said officers had arrested 26 people in connection with crimes in the area so far.

“I have done some speed spot checks at Whinney Hill estate after I saw an article in the Brighouse Echo about the problems there but I didn’t catch anyone speeding.

“I think that is because I am highly visible to people and can be seen from miles away. But to be honest this is a positive because I think it does deter people and I will continue to keep checking,” he said.

He reported that over the last 14 months a total of 35 tickets had been issued by the police to motorists who were causing an obstruction.

This means people who park their cars on pavements and some near to the junctions.

He did note an increase in the number of anti-social behaviour reports which had risen from 46 to 48 but this had included people throwing snowballs.

But despite the positive figures the police said they would not become complacent.

Sergeant Dean Maddocks, who leads the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team, asked people to contact them with their issues and to remain vigilant.