Team to visit 1,500 homes in bid to rid Girlington area of burglaries

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The team involved in reducing burglaries in the Girlington area. The team involved in reducing burglaries in the Girlington area.

Every house in a Bradford neighbourhood is to be visited by a crime-fighting team determined to stamp out burglaries this winter.

Police have teamed up with Bradford Council wardens and a crime reduction charity for the pilot project in Girlington, which could be rolled out to other areas if it proves a success.

In years gone by, Girlington has proved a hot-spot for break-ins, particularly during the winter when evenings are darkest.

So this year, the team will be visiting every one of the area’s 1,500 homes offering a free security check.

Householders will be offered home security advice from Leeds-based charity Community Action and Support Against Crime (CASAC), and will also be able to buy lock upgrades or other crime-fighting kit from them.

Inspector Richard Baildon, of Manningham and Toller Neighbourhood Policing Team, said in the past year the team had reduced the number of burglaries in the wider Toller ward by a third, from 90 to 60.

But he said he hoped the project, called Operation Stationdale, would improve the rates still further and prevent burglars from striking any Girlington home this winter.

He said: “We are determined that not one burglary will happen in this area. That’s what we are aiming for. One is too many.”

CASAC chief executive Neil Goldup said if he could give just one tip to homeowners, it would be to lock their doors.

He said: “If you have got the locks, use the locks. There is no point us coming round and fitting high-security locks, if you are not going to lock them.”

Councillor Imran Hussain, deputy leader of Bradford Council and a ward councillor for the area, said burglary was one of the worst kinds of crimes that could happen to people, and often left victims feeling particularly vulnerable.

He said: “I think this is a fantastic project to have in Girlington, especially at this time of year when it gets darker and there’s more of a risk of burglaries occurring.

“That’s why I think it’s really important to educate people and to help them take every precaution to make sure their house is protected.”

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6:58am Mon 16 Dec 13

Albion. says...

Burglar gets a hi-vis vest, knocks on door "come to do your security check" easy peasy.
Burglar gets a hi-vis vest, knocks on door "come to do your security check" easy peasy. Albion.

12:18pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Banni2 says...

The bad news is that the scum are know concentrating in the Bolton / Undercliffe area of Bradford. More action is required to eliminate the dross from all areas of this once great City
The bad news is that the scum are know concentrating in the Bolton / Undercliffe area of Bradford. More action is required to eliminate the dross from all areas of this once great City Banni2

2:43pm Mon 16 Dec 13

alive and awake says...

Give the scum 5 years 1st offence, 10 years 2nd offence 40 years 3rd offence,
no more burglaries.
Give the scum 5 years 1st offence, 10 years 2nd offence 40 years 3rd offence, no more burglaries. alive and awake

2:44pm Mon 16 Dec 13

alive and awake says...

All this effort will only drive them on to other ares.
All this effort will only drive them on to other ares. alive and awake

3:23pm Mon 16 Dec 13

The Hoffster says...

alive and awake wrote:
Give the scum 5 years 1st offence, 10 years 2nd offence 40 years 3rd offence,
no more burglaries.
Sorry but that'll be against their 'ooman rights'....
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: Give the scum 5 years 1st offence, 10 years 2nd offence 40 years 3rd offence, no more burglaries.[/p][/quote]Sorry but that'll be against their 'ooman rights'.... The Hoffster

3:41pm Mon 16 Dec 13

alive and awake says...

The Hoffster wrote:
alive and awake wrote:
Give the scum 5 years 1st offence, 10 years 2nd offence 40 years 3rd offence,
no more burglaries.
Sorry but that'll be against their 'ooman rights'....
WHAT! the right to be a burglar.
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: Give the scum 5 years 1st offence, 10 years 2nd offence 40 years 3rd offence, no more burglaries.[/p][/quote]Sorry but that'll be against their 'ooman rights'....[/p][/quote]WHAT! the right to be a burglar. alive and awake

4:45pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Andy2010 says...

alive and awake wrote:
The Hoffster wrote:
alive and awake wrote:
Give the scum 5 years 1st offence, 10 years 2nd offence 40 years 3rd offence,
no more burglaries.
Sorry but that'll be against their 'ooman rights'....
WHAT! the right to be a burglar.
Just hang them

At least we don't have to pay for their holiday camp sentence then
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: Give the scum 5 years 1st offence, 10 years 2nd offence 40 years 3rd offence, no more burglaries.[/p][/quote]Sorry but that'll be against their 'ooman rights'....[/p][/quote]WHAT! the right to be a burglar.[/p][/quote]Just hang them At least we don't have to pay for their holiday camp sentence then Andy2010

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