Police advice after spate of burglaries and garden thefts

Police advice after spate of thefts

Police advice after spate of thefts

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PARTS of Baildon and Saltaire have been hit by a wave of burglaries and garden thefts.

Across the weekend five nearby properties in Baildon were targeted, including one crime at Honey Pot Drive where thieves unscrewed the door handle of UPVC French doors, removed the lock and walked out with a safe from the master bedroom.

In Laddersbank Lane a garden shed door was forced open and electrical garden tools stolen and in Fyfe Grove a garage was entered from an unlocked door and bicycles taken.

Another shed was broken into in Southcliffe Drive and the owner's garden shears used to cut through a cable which fixed two bicycles to a ladder, before one was stolen.

A crow bar was used to prise open a garage door in Woodcot Avenue, but the would-be thieves left empty-handed.

Neighbourhood police in Saltaire have also reported how the World Heritage Site has recently suffered a rash of thefts from gardens in which ornaments, furniture and tools have been taken.

Baildon ward councillor Debbie Davies (Con) said while the emphasis was often on prevention, greater deterrents were the only way to stop habitual criminals.

"I know the police are doing their best to increase patrols and present a higher profile in the area.

"But recently I met a hardened shoplifter from Shipley who told me she only stopped years of stealing after getting the ultimatum of 'do it again and you go to jail and lose your kids.'

"Sadly, that's what it seems to take to stop such people and those responsible for last weekend's thefts in Baildon are clearly doing it professionally," Cllr Davies said.

Sergeant Nick Everingham, of the Shipley Neighbourhood Area Team, said: "We would ask all residents to be vigilant and to either store or secure garden furniture when it is not being used.

"We would also ask people to make sure their sheds and outbuildings are secure, as the summer months typically see an increase in this type of crime.

"You can also use an ultra-violet pen to mark expensive items, such as garden furniture, bicycles and lawnmowers, with your postcode or house name and number. This will help police to trace these items back to the owner when they are recovered.

"For more information on protecting your garden and outbuildings from thieves, go to the Help and Advice section on the West Yorkshire Police website or contact your local area neighbourhood team."

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6:51am Thu 14 Aug 14

Albion. says...

People will probably find their items in the second hand shops of Shipley and Bradford, where the same people can be seen morning after morning. waiting outside to sell their unwanted "Christmas presents".
People will probably find their items in the second hand shops of Shipley and Bradford, where the same people can be seen morning after morning. waiting outside to sell their unwanted "Christmas presents". Albion.
  • Score: 10

10:07am Thu 14 Aug 14

llos25 says...

Meanwhile the police in Bradford do so much to combat crime as long as it does not intefer with something important such as a coffee break.I honestly believe the police in Bradford are told to ignore crime.
Meanwhile the police in Bradford do so much to combat crime as long as it does not intefer with something important such as a coffee break.I honestly believe the police in Bradford are told to ignore crime. llos25
  • Score: 4

12:39pm Thu 14 Aug 14

BCFC1911 says...

Albion. wrote:
People will probably find their items in the second hand shops of Shipley and Bradford, where the same people can be seen morning after morning. waiting outside to sell their unwanted "Christmas presents".
We were burgled about 8 years ago and they took a TV and a games console. Police were really uninterested but the day after we went down to Cash Converters and woo and behold our TV was on the shelves (knew from a few scratches around the casing).

Told the police and we got our TV back but why couldn't they do this simple detective work in the first place
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: People will probably find their items in the second hand shops of Shipley and Bradford, where the same people can be seen morning after morning. waiting outside to sell their unwanted "Christmas presents".[/p][/quote]We were burgled about 8 years ago and they took a TV and a games console. Police were really uninterested but the day after we went down to Cash Converters and woo and behold our TV was on the shelves (knew from a few scratches around the casing). Told the police and we got our TV back but why couldn't they do this simple detective work in the first place BCFC1911
  • Score: 9

3:17pm Thu 14 Aug 14

bradford88 says...

If more people picked up a baseball bat and gave these bas*erds a beating that they would remember for the rest of their life once you start cripling them the crime rate will reduce automatically by a massive amount.
If more people picked up a baseball bat and gave these bas*erds a beating that they would remember for the rest of their life once you start cripling them the crime rate will reduce automatically by a massive amount. bradford88
  • Score: 12

7:38pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Shipleyvegas says...

bradford88 wrote:
If more people picked up a baseball bat and gave these bas*erds a beating that they would remember for the rest of their life once you start cripling them the crime rate will reduce automatically by a massive amount.
Amen to that
[quote][p][bold]bradford88[/bold] wrote: If more people picked up a baseball bat and gave these bas*erds a beating that they would remember for the rest of their life once you start cripling them the crime rate will reduce automatically by a massive amount.[/p][/quote]Amen to that Shipleyvegas
  • Score: 7

7:43pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Mik_e says...

The lack of policing is a scandal, far too much money wasted on Community Support Officers, who are dressed to try and fool us into believing that there are more police officers about than there actually are. If caught criminals receive sentences that are far too lenient, as the government direct courts to not imprison people, as it costs money to keep them there and then they serve less than half of that joke of a sentence.
The lack of policing is a scandal, far too much money wasted on Community Support Officers, who are dressed to try and fool us into believing that there are more police officers about than there actually are. If caught criminals receive sentences that are far too lenient, as the government direct courts to not imprison people, as it costs money to keep them there and then they serve less than half of that joke of a sentence. Mik_e
  • Score: 5

10:27pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Apollo says...

Check any traveller sites (or mobile crime sprees as they are more properly called) in the area.

That is the true cause of these spates of thieving.

Of course Police will go nowhere near them. Too frightened.
Check any traveller sites (or mobile crime sprees as they are more properly called) in the area. That is the true cause of these spates of thieving. Of course Police will go nowhere near them. Too frightened. Apollo
  • Score: 7

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