Operation Shocker to reduce personal crime in city centre has been a success

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A police campaign over the festive period saw a significant drop in personal robberies in Bradford city centre A police campaign over the festive period saw a significant drop in personal robberies in Bradford city centre

A police campaign pursuing pick-pockets and shoplifters in Bradford has been a success with crime falling, including a 45 per cent reduction in the number of personal robberies.

More officers and special constables were drafted in to the city centre in the run up to Christmas to deter would-be criminals and warn them of the consequences should they be caught, as part of Operation Shocker.

The number of thefts from city centre shops during December 2013 was 66, compared to 83 in December 2012 – a drop of 20 per cent. Personal robberies were down from 11 to six and theft from person crimes, such as pick-pocketing, dropped by four to 44.

Jon Best, acting inspector for the City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “They’re all good reductions in all the areas we were focusing on.

“The whole intention is to reduce it as much as we can and to get people out at the right time and location.”

During the first two weeks of the operation local officers were joined by up to four colleagues a day from the UK Borders Agency. Acting Insp Best said they were specifically looking at criminals from Eastern Europe who could be made to return to their homeland for breaking the law.

“We’ve got problems with Eastern Europeans that target people and shops in the city centre and they were looking at assisting with them,” he said.

Businesses in the city were particularly supportive of the operation, he added.

“The shops were over the moon. It’s a big problem for them, their losses go up over the December period.

“I get a bit concerned when I see an officer patrolling in my street at home and wonder what’s going on because it’s not the usual place to see them, but it’s nice for shoppers to see that in the city,” Acting Insp Best said.

“There have been 40 or 50 fewer victims of crime throughout December. That’s 40 or 50 fewer people that are getting a significant upset in what should be a happy time to celebrate and give gifts to other people and celebrate.”

Acting Insp Best said further special operations were planned for the coming weeks, but said he could not go into detail for operational reasons.

He added: “People that are living off crime are in for some rude awakenings in the New Year.”

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6:57am Mon 6 Jan 14

Albion. says...

"He added: “People that are living off crime are in for some rude awakenings in the New Year.”

Well hopefully! Although the figures still look bad to me. Interesting that he points out that Eastern Europeans risk being deported, is a free ride home a sufficient deterrent.
"He added: “People that are living off crime are in for some rude awakenings in the New Year.” Well hopefully! Although the figures still look bad to me. Interesting that he points out that Eastern Europeans risk being deported, is a free ride home a sufficient deterrent. Albion.
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8:22am Mon 6 Jan 14

collos25 says...

When are they going to get this awakening this year or maybe next year because the situation seems to getting worse not better.
When are they going to get this awakening this year or maybe next year because the situation seems to getting worse not better. collos25
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10:35am Mon 6 Jan 14

pollywolly says...

Possibly due to a reduction in people currently shopping in Bradford?
Possibly due to a reduction in people currently shopping in Bradford? pollywolly
  • Score: 10

11:33am Mon 6 Jan 14

Avro says...

Certainly is, and has to be down on 2012 because the city centre has fewer shops than in 2012
Certainly is, and has to be down on 2012 because the city centre has fewer shops than in 2012 Avro
  • Score: 6

2:05pm Mon 6 Jan 14

angry bradfordian says...

It seems to be a regular occurance in the T&A that the police congratulate themselves for doing their basic job description!
The only surprise about this one is that it wasn't labelled a 'crackdown'
It seems to be a regular occurance in the T&A that the police congratulate themselves for doing their basic job description! The only surprise about this one is that it wasn't labelled a 'crackdown' angry bradfordian
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