Bingley, Shipley and Wharfe police report drop in crime figures

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Insp Hugh Robinson Insp Hugh Robinson

New police statistics for Shipley, Bingley and Wharfedale show dramatic drops in overall crime and increased public confidence in the battle against anti-social behaviour.

But some types of crime such as house burglary and theft from cars have increased significantly, according to results from Neighbourhood Policing Teams.

A report to the Shipley Area Committee which meets tomorrow by new Shipley NPT boss Inspector Hugh Robinson contains figures for the 12 months until the end of September.

Giving details of work by Bingley and Worth NPT, Insp Robinson revealed that over that period the number of recorded crimes was down to 1,821 from 3,034 during the previous year.

“While overall crime has reduced in Bingley there have been some increases in specific crime types,” he stated. “Burglary from dwellings and theft from motor vehicles have seen increases in the past 12 months.”

Insp Robinson said officers were working to reverse that trend and were using a new technique.

“The division has recently introduced “super cocooning” following all burglaries of dwelling offences.

“This entails officers visiting 40 surrounding houses to the victim’s address – the officers seek further intelligence and identify witnesses and offer crime reduction advice and re-assurance,” he said.

Wharfedale and Craven NPT area also showed a substantial drop as the total crime figure over the same period fell from 303 to 271 incidents.

“Burglary of garages and sheds is the most prevalent crime type within the Wharfedale ward,” Insp Robinson noted.

High-value bikes and gardening equipment remained the thieves’ favourite targets in that policing area.

But in Shipley it was theft from vehicles which showed an increase with 299 crimes so far this year – an increase of 100 on the same period last year.

House burglary also rose in Shipley from 169 to 181.

But Shipley has seen a fall in the perception of anti-social behaviour, as has Bingley and Worth.

“Perception of anti-social behaviour in the Wharfedale and Craven NPT area is the lowest in the Bradford District and one the lowest in West Yorkshire,” Insp Robinson stated.

“The current level shows three per cent of people perceive ASB to be a problem in August 2013 compared to 3.6 per cent in August 2012.”

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