Thieves steal property and cash worth £95,000 from police across district

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A police car worth £10,000 was stolen by thieves A police car worth £10,000 was stolen by thieves

You could be forgiven for thinking that items in the care of the police would be as safe as houses.

That certainly the roof of a police station would be out of bounds.

But details in a Freedom of Information request have flagged up a high tally of thefts, totalling £95,000, from the police or police premises over a five-year period.

And while some items have been recovered and thieves caught, many have left West Yorkshire Police Force out of pocket.

A PCSO’s hat, windscreen wipers, handcuffs, a baton and body armour were all stolen, along with higher value hauls such as cash and electrical items worth £23,000 taken from Harold Court in Bradford, a £5,000 motorbike taken from Heckmondwike Police station and a £10,000 police car stolen, and later found, in Shipley.

Cheeky thieves even took roof tiles from the main station in Cleckheaton and roofing material from Trafalgar House in Bradford.

The value of the hauls runs into many thousands of pounds and the value of unrecovered items between January 2008 and May 2013 stands at £27,470 in Bradford and surrounding areas.

The police said the information showed that even they were not immune to criminals’ actions, but the chief executive of the Taxpayers’ Alliance Jonathan Isaby said it raised questions.

“If taxpayers can’t trust the police to look after expensive equipment how can they trust them to catch criminals and protect the public?

“Some of these losses are clearly a case of some very cheeky thieves, but other items could pose a real danger to the public if misused. Officers need to keep better track of items to ensure that taxpayers’ money isn’t wasted on replacing kit and even roof tiles,” he said.

Assistant Chief Constable Geoff Dodd (District Policing East) said the thefts had reduced over the past two years.

“The clear message is that police officers and police equipment are not completely immune from the criminal actions of a few offenders. Although the number of items stolen has substantially reduced over the past two years, there are still a small number of outstanding and undetected cases,” he said.

“It is important that the figures are placed in the correct context. The circumstances in which police property can be stolen includes property taken from officers’ homes, their vehicles or when they are engaged in operational duty.

“In the latter case, officers attend literally hundreds of thousands of incidents every year. On the rare occasion when someone picks up the dropped or mislaid set of handcuffs, lost by officers chasing a suspect for instance, they are supporting their local officer in the execution of their duty. When they choose to keep the item, rather than return it to the officers that are there to protect them, they commit a criminal offence.

“We will continue to focus on reducing theft and bringing to justice those who think it is acceptable to steal from an emergency service. If any property is of a sensitive nature, such as a mobile phone or a radio, the item is immediately disabled to prevent tit being used.”

 

Some of the items stolen from police include:

Baton, worth £30, taken from West Bowling
PCSO hat, £50, Springhead Road, Bradford
Confiscated alcohol, £10, Elliott Street, Keighley
Body armour, £180, Lawcroft House Police Station, Bradford
Door ram, £200, Springmill Street, Bradford
Roof tiles, value unknown, Cleckheaton Police Station
Handcuffs, £30, Bridge Street Centre, Keighley
Roofing materials, £500, Trafalgar House, Bradford
Windscreen wipers, £20, Cleckheaton Police Station
White square timer, £10, Trafalgar House, Bradford

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10:54am Mon 24 Mar 14

Old Dave says...

Why are comments open on this story, but not on the Taxis failing random checks story? I know which one I am most concerned about!

Come on T&A, either allow us to comment an all stories that are not subject to court restrictions, or none at all.
Why are comments open on this story, but not on the Taxis failing random checks story? I know which one I am most concerned about! Come on T&A, either allow us to comment an all stories that are not subject to court restrictions, or none at all. Old Dave
  • Score: 10

10:58am Mon 24 Mar 14

tinytoonster says...

keystone cops springs to mind!
how do you lose an helmet??
keystone cops springs to mind! how do you lose an helmet?? tinytoonster
  • Score: 5

10:59am Mon 24 Mar 14

tinytoonster says...

Old Dave wrote:
Why are comments open on this story, but not on the Taxis failing random checks story? I know which one I am most concerned about!

Come on T&A, either allow us to comment an all stories that are not subject to court restrictions, or none at all.
do you really need to ask?
[quote][p][bold]Old Dave[/bold] wrote: Why are comments open on this story, but not on the Taxis failing random checks story? I know which one I am most concerned about! Come on T&A, either allow us to comment an all stories that are not subject to court restrictions, or none at all.[/p][/quote]do you really need to ask? tinytoonster
  • Score: 4

11:15am Mon 24 Mar 14

still got a pulse says...

Brings a whole new meaning to the term "cop shop".
Brings a whole new meaning to the term "cop shop". still got a pulse
  • Score: 11

12:36pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Mixter says...

Well, it fits nicely with the Norfolk fire station burning down.
Well, it fits nicely with the Norfolk fire station burning down. Mixter
  • Score: 10

1:33pm Mon 24 Mar 14

alive and awake says...

If only we lived in a democracy.
If only we lived in a democracy. alive and awake
  • Score: 7

1:34pm Mon 24 Mar 14

999 number of the beast says...

I am tempted to say the worst. Instead word of advice for Trafalgar House either fit some CCTV or use them! And ....
I am tempted to say the worst. Instead word of advice for Trafalgar House either fit some CCTV or use them! And .... 999 number of the beast
  • Score: 7

4:38pm Mon 24 Mar 14

keep the faith ✊ says...

Someone broke in to trafalgar house & stole all the toilets..... Police have nothing to go on!!!! 😃
Someone broke in to trafalgar house & stole all the toilets..... Police have nothing to go on!!!! 😃 keep the faith ✊
  • Score: 12

4:40pm Mon 24 Mar 14

keep the faith ✊ says...

keep the faith ✊ wrote:
Someone broke in to trafalgar house & stole all the toilets..... Police have nothing to go on!!!! 😃
God bless tommy cooper
[quote][p][bold]keep the faith ✊[/bold] wrote: Someone broke in to trafalgar house & stole all the toilets..... Police have nothing to go on!!!! 😃[/p][/quote]God bless tommy cooper keep the faith ✊
  • Score: 8

7:09pm Mon 24 Mar 14

RollandSmoke says...

Who'd have thought that it would be the police who turned out to be the worst offending Kleptomaniacs with their regular thefts of plants and gardening equipment?
Who'd have thought that it would be the police who turned out to be the worst offending Kleptomaniacs with their regular thefts of plants and gardening equipment? RollandSmoke
  • Score: 3

7:42pm Mon 24 Mar 14

RollandSmoke says...

I would like to complement T&A reporter Sheila Weber for the detail that she has gone to to give us a breakdown of where the Police has been the victims. It is in stark contrast to the story on cannabis offences rising to an almost magical 888 where we are told that despite these figures being obtained via a freedom of information request and the fact that the figures cover a range of offences, from simple possession of cannabis, to possession with intent to supply, supply or offering to supply, production or being concerned in the production of cannabis, and permitting premises to be used for unlawful purpose, it has been deemed unimportant to give any breakdown of the figures which they would have. Anyone care to suggest why that is? Could it be that the vast majority of those arrests are for doing nothing more than being in possession of plant material which has been scientifically proven to be safer than both alcohol and tobacco? How much have these arrests and subsequent courts cases cost the taxpayer? Are the streets really any safer for stopping these people having a smoke? While the police continue to enforce laws that cannot be justified they do not have my respect and therefore they will not have my consent.
I would like to complement T&A reporter Sheila Weber for the detail that she has gone to to give us a breakdown of where the Police has been the victims. It is in stark contrast to the story on cannabis offences rising to an almost magical 888 where we are told that despite these figures being obtained via a freedom of information request and the fact that the figures cover a range of offences, from simple possession of cannabis, to possession with intent to supply, supply or offering to supply, production or being concerned in the production of cannabis, and permitting premises to be used for unlawful purpose, it has been deemed unimportant to give any breakdown of the figures which they would have. Anyone care to suggest why that is? Could it be that the vast majority of those arrests are for doing nothing more than being in possession of plant material which has been scientifically proven to be safer than both alcohol and tobacco? How much have these arrests and subsequent courts cases cost the taxpayer? Are the streets really any safer for stopping these people having a smoke? While the police continue to enforce laws that cannot be justified they do not have my respect and therefore they will not have my consent. RollandSmoke
  • Score: 0

8:04pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Justiceatallcosts says...

What a joke! How can you expect the police to catch criminals when they can't even recover their own things. What exactly do they do, someone please remind me.
What a joke! How can you expect the police to catch criminals when they can't even recover their own things. What exactly do they do, someone please remind me. Justiceatallcosts
  • Score: 6

8:08pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Justiceatallcosts says...

Instead of highlighting what the thieves have taken, why not make an effort to do something about it. Quite embarrassing really! Remember to take fingerprints :-)
Instead of highlighting what the thieves have taken, why not make an effort to do something about it. Quite embarrassing really! Remember to take fingerprints :-) Justiceatallcosts
  • Score: 5

3:15pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Bantam sthn Ellatha says...

It's OK because all that they'll do is give themselves a Crime Number, then all will be forgotten!
It's OK because all that they'll do is give themselves a Crime Number, then all will be forgotten! Bantam sthn Ellatha
  • Score: 4

8:40pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Avenger78 says...

What it should say is...The criminals who are steeling from the police are the same people who we call police..
What it should say is...The criminals who are steeling from the police are the same people who we call police.. Avenger78
  • Score: 4

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