Burglaries: Be on the alert

RASTRICK residents are being warned to lock their doors and windows after a number of burglaries to houses in the area.

Community Beat Officer for Rastrick, PC Matt Catlow, told people at Rastrick ward forum that since the last meeting there had been 11 house burglaries including four where there had been insecure doors and locks.

“We are urging people to take all the necessary precautions and to lock the doors and windows even if they are in the house,” said PC Catlow. “The division as a whole is looking to reduce this sort of crime.”

Anti-social behaviour is also being tackled with members of the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team conducting high visibility patrols.

Just one report of bad behaviour was made in the Oaklands and a further incident was reported in the Field Lane area.

In Thornes Park, there have been reports of vulnerable people being asked to buy cigarettes for teenagers.

PC Catlow said they had identified the people and are going to do something about it.

Inspector Mohammed Nawaz who heads the team said he was pleased to see a reduction in crime figures, but the issue over house burglaries due to insecure houses keeps arising.

“Work has been done in the Lower Valley with members of the team offering advice to people and passing out information leaflets about how to stay safe in their homes,” he said.

Officers have also joined forces with Calderdale’s Crime Prevention Officers to organise a crime prevention event at Bailiff Bridge Community Centre, Victoria Road, Bailiff Bridge, on Thursday, March 22, at 6pm.

The event will give local people the chance to get expert advice from crime reduction officers on how to combat burglars and bogus callers and find out how they can kit out their homes with the latest security equipment.

The event is open to any local residents who wants to find out more about protecting their homes.

Insp Nawaz said: “I would encourage people to come to our event next week to get the latest information about home security.”

RESIDENTS were urged to report speeding taxi drivers after raising their concerns at the meeting.

Calderdale Council’s neighbourhood co-ordinator Mags Bryson said that if residents were worried, the council could take action. “If people have concerns they can report it,” she said. “We can tell the taxi firms but they may not pass the message on.

“But if people make a note of the taxi licensing number we can look at it.”

She said it would not be practical to contact every driver.