More than 60% of Bradford city centre robbers are evading justice

CONCERN: Val Summerscales of Bradford Chamber of Trade who described the detection rates as "worrying".

TALKS: Bradford Council leader, Councillor David Green, who said discussions will be held with police about detection rates

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MOST robbers who targeted victims on the streets of Bradford city centre in the last year are unlikely ever to be brought to justice.

Statistics compiled by the West Yorkshire force reveal more than 60 per cent of investigations into city centre robberies ended with no offender identified.

That means unless fresh information becomes available there will be no more active work on those cases, resulting in little practical chance of offenders being caught.

The figures show officers succeeded in bringing criminal charges against offenders in a little more than ten per cent of cases, with at least one offender sent to prison.

The figures cover the 12 months from June 2013 to May this year and show another 25 per cent of incidents were still under investigation.

In total there were robbery 40 incidents in that period, the bulk likely to be 'mugging' type street robberies.

Now police are using new tactics, including the use of body cameras for city centre patrol staff and 'consequence cards' handed to potential victims seen making themselves vulnerable to crime.

Detective Chief Inspector Jonathan Blackwell, Bradford crime manager, said: "One robbery in Bradford city centre is one too many as far as I am concerned and our officers at the City Area Neighbourhood Team, which is based in the heart of the city centre, are committed to making sure it remains a safe and enjoyable place.

"We realise that victims can feel very vulnerable when this happens to them, so we are able to put them in touch with partner agencies such as Victims Support.

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“Thankfully the chances of being a victim of robbery in Bradford city centre are and remain low, but we would urge people to protect themselves by being aware of their surroundings and keeping valuables out of sight.

"Talking on a mobile, listening to an MP3 player, or openly carrying a laptop shows potential thieves you have something worth taking.

"Mobile phones are a popular item among thieves.

"Commercial robberies can be harder to detect as offenders are likely to make more effort to conceal their identity. Some burglaries are reclassified as robberies because force has been used or threatened. This impacts on the overall detection rate.

"Robbery is taken very seriously by the police and the courts, and those who are convicted can expect to receive a custodial sentence.

"Police in Bradford continue to work with partners to develop new ways of tackling robbery in the city centre, and in the last year, we have introduced officers who patrol with body-mounted cameras, as well as handing out consequence cards to warn victims and offenders about the consequences of being involved in a robbery."

Bradford Chamber of Trade, which represents the retail sector, described the statistics as "worrying".

Its spokesman Val Summerscales said: "They are worrying statistics.

"I do know the police have a new inspector in the city centre, doing initiatives and working with other agencies.

"The police initiatives are mainly in City Park to deter street drinking and drugs, but they require money and that is where thefts come in.

"We don't want anything that would deter people from coming into the city centre," she said.

The chamber said it had no evidence of members' businesses being affected by the threat from robbery.

Council leader Councillor David Green said: “All the figures I have seen about Bradford city centre as compared to other large town and city centres in the country would indicate that criminal incidents are less in Bradford. Certainly that was the last set of figures I got.

“But, one has got to be too many. It is about victims and we need to speak to the police to identify what the issues are in terms of detection and conviction rates to make sure those who have been unfortunate victims of these attacks and robberies receive the justice that they deserve.”

Bradford Council leader, Councillor David Green, said: “All the figures I have seen about Bradford city centre as compared to other large town and city centres in the country would indicate that criminal incidents are fewer in Bradford. Certainly that was the last set of figures I got.

“But, one has got to be too many. It is about victims and we need to speak to the police to identify what the issues are in terms of detection and conviction rates to make sure those who have been unfortunate victims of these attacks and robberies receive the justice that they deserve.”

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7:07am Mon 18 Aug 14

Albion. says...

“Thankfully the chances of being a victim of robbery in Bradford city centre are and remain low, but we would urge people to protect themselves by being aware of their surroundings and keeping valuables out of sight."

Use a weapon to "protect themselves" and they'll soon get caught! It would seem that street robbery isn't a high priority crime these days.
“Thankfully the chances of being a victim of robbery in Bradford city centre are and remain low, but we would urge people to protect themselves by being aware of their surroundings and keeping valuables out of sight." Use a weapon to "protect themselves" and they'll soon get caught! It would seem that street robbery isn't a high priority crime these days. Albion.
  • Score: 22

7:25am Mon 18 Aug 14

allannicho says...

Need to "Upgrade the CCTV system in the City methinks!
Need to "Upgrade the CCTV system in the City methinks! allannicho
  • Score: 31

8:06am Mon 18 Aug 14

llos25 says...

The police come out with all these silly statements but in reality they really do not exist as far as the normal person is concerned,with only a 10% success rate it shows how utterly useless they really are.Do not forget you pay for this service and you are not receiving value for money all householders should get a rebate.
The police come out with all these silly statements but in reality they really do not exist as far as the normal person is concerned,with only a 10% success rate it shows how utterly useless they really are.Do not forget you pay for this service and you are not receiving value for money all householders should get a rebate. llos25
  • Score: 32

9:18am Mon 18 Aug 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Wonder how many city centre robberies are committed by the same people who loiter around drinking in the street?
the problem is the City Centre has been allowed to fester for far too long, the cure not is going to be far harder than if the infection had been dealt with when the first signs were observed.
Wonder how many city centre robberies are committed by the same people who loiter around drinking in the street? the problem is the City Centre has been allowed to fester for far too long, the cure not is going to be far harder than if the infection had been dealt with when the first signs were observed. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 19

9:32am Mon 18 Aug 14

Joedavid says...

Need more police in the city centre that is very obvious and for them to be seen to be doing things to move the other Commentators people on and out of City centre.
Need more police in the city centre that is very obvious and for them to be seen to be doing things to move the other Commentators people on and out of City centre. Joedavid
  • Score: 22

9:51am Mon 18 Aug 14

BierleyBoy says...

Consequence cards? Maybe the rates you say are lower because no one bothers with Bradford Cllr Green?
Consequence cards? Maybe the rates you say are lower because no one bothers with Bradford Cllr Green? BierleyBoy
  • Score: 16

10:01am Mon 18 Aug 14

Avro says...

A great way of informing criminals that crime really does pay!
A great way of informing criminals that crime really does pay! Avro
  • Score: 25

10:13am Mon 18 Aug 14

What?,when?,where? says...

You park your car wrong in the city centre, bang, £70 fine, 100% of the time. jog on.
You park your car wrong in the city centre, bang, £70 fine, 100% of the time. jog on. What?,when?,where?
  • Score: 20

11:39am Mon 18 Aug 14

Out of site says...

If the criminals are caught they only get a slap on the wrist,what about the fear and stress it's caused the victims?time for long sentences for these animals.
If the criminals are caught they only get a slap on the wrist,what about the fear and stress it's caused the victims?time for long sentences for these animals. Out of site
  • Score: 23

12:08pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Out of site says...

Or a public flogging
Or a public flogging Out of site
  • Score: 11

12:53pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Robin of Loxley says...

"Talking on a mobile, listening to an MP3 player, or openly carrying a laptop shows potential thieves you have something worth taking."

Maybe potential victims need to stop doing the above ?
[quote]"Talking on a mobile, listening to an MP3 player, or openly carrying a laptop shows potential thieves you have something worth taking." Maybe potential victims need to stop doing the above ? Robin of Loxley
  • Score: -27

1:12pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Farsley Bantam says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
"Talking on a mobile, listening to an MP3 player, or openly carrying a laptop shows potential thieves you have something worth taking."

Maybe potential victims need to stop doing the above ?Yes anyone who is walking down the street talking on their phone is clearly asking for it to be nicked. If they get robbed it's their own fault. Who can blame the theives for stealing from them when people are tempting them like that?
Idiot
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: [quote]"Talking on a mobile, listening to an MP3 player, or openly carrying a laptop shows potential thieves you have something worth taking." Maybe potential victims need to stop doing the above ?[/p][/quote]Yes anyone who is walking down the street talking on their phone is clearly asking for it to be nicked. If they get robbed it's their own fault. Who can blame the theives for stealing from them when people are tempting them like that? Idiot Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 18

1:44pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Dannyp1892 says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
Robin of Loxley wrote:
"Talking on a mobile, listening to an MP3 player, or openly carrying a laptop shows potential thieves you have something worth taking."

Maybe potential victims need to stop doing the above ?Yes anyone who is walking down the street talking on their phone is clearly asking for it to be nicked. If they get robbed it's their own fault. Who can blame the theives for stealing from them when people are tempting them like that?
IdiotAbsolutely right Farsley! What a ridiculous comment to make... Don't let anyone know you have a phone, or a laptop, or an ipad, or a mp3 player, because that way you are asking for trouble. Maybe people who work hard to be able to buy the above mentioned gadgets have earned the right to be able to use these items on the go without fear of being mugged, or beaten for these items. Robin of Loxley needs to go back to bed I think.
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: [quote]"Talking on a mobile, listening to an MP3 player, or openly carrying a laptop shows potential thieves you have something worth taking." Maybe potential victims need to stop doing the above ?[/p][/quote]Yes anyone who is walking down the street talking on their phone is clearly asking for it to be nicked. If they get robbed it's their own fault. Who can blame the theives for stealing from them when people are tempting them like that? Idiot[/p][/quote]Absolutely right Farsley! What a ridiculous comment to make... Don't let anyone know you have a phone, or a laptop, or an ipad, or a mp3 player, because that way you are asking for trouble. Maybe people who work hard to be able to buy the above mentioned gadgets have earned the right to be able to use these items on the go without fear of being mugged, or beaten for these items. Robin of Loxley needs to go back to bed I think. Dannyp1892
  • Score: 13

2:28pm Mon 18 Aug 14

BertSanders says...

Another reason to avoid Bradford centre.
Another reason to avoid Bradford centre. BertSanders
  • Score: 11

3:58pm Mon 18 Aug 14

llos25 says...

Dannyp1892 wrote:
Farsley Bantam wrote:
Robin of Loxley wrote:
"Talking on a mobile, listening to an MP3 player, or openly carrying a laptop shows potential thieves you have something worth taking."

Maybe potential victims need to stop doing the above ?Yes anyone who is walking down the street talking on their phone is clearly asking for it to be nicked. If they get robbed it's their own fault. Who can blame the theives for stealing from them when people are tempting them like that?
IdiotAbsolutely right Farsley! What a ridiculous comment to make... Don't let anyone know you have a phone, or a laptop, or an ipad, or a mp3 player, because that way you are asking for trouble. Maybe people who work hard to be able to buy the above mentioned gadgets have earned the right to be able to use these items on the go without fear of being mugged, or beaten for these items. Robin of Loxley needs to go back to bed I think.I think you misread the quote.
[quote][p][bold]Dannyp1892[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: [quote]"Talking on a mobile, listening to an MP3 player, or openly carrying a laptop shows potential thieves you have something worth taking." Maybe potential victims need to stop doing the above ?[/p][/quote]Yes anyone who is walking down the street talking on their phone is clearly asking for it to be nicked. If they get robbed it's their own fault. Who can blame the theives for stealing from them when people are tempting them like that? Idiot[/p][/quote]Absolutely right Farsley! What a ridiculous comment to make... Don't let anyone know you have a phone, or a laptop, or an ipad, or a mp3 player, because that way you are asking for trouble. Maybe people who work hard to be able to buy the above mentioned gadgets have earned the right to be able to use these items on the go without fear of being mugged, or beaten for these items. Robin of Loxley needs to go back to bed I think.[/p][/quote]I think you misread the quote. llos25
  • Score: 1

5:56pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Mik_e says...

If caught, they go to court, get a very light sentence and then serve less than half of it. No deterrent.
If caught, they go to court, get a very light sentence and then serve less than half of it. No deterrent. Mik_e
  • Score: 12

9:27pm Mon 18 Aug 14

alive and awake says...

10 year first offence, zero tolerance, it s the only way.
10 year first offence, zero tolerance, it s the only way. alive and awake
  • Score: 4

9:30pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

It's time to get tough and bang them up for a lot longer. 23 hours in a cell, no privilages, Xbox, no pool tables and then they might think twice about robbing people.
It's time to get tough and bang them up for a lot longer. 23 hours in a cell, no privilages, Xbox, no pool tables and then they might think twice about robbing people. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 7

9:58pm Mon 18 Aug 14

They only do damage! says...

Just how bad do the police need to be, before there powers can be taken away. Fivteen years ago they told us to not leave our windows open on a night, now they tell us we are no longer safe using a (MOBILE PHONE) well been mobile. This is the only service where it doesn't matter about results!!.
Just how bad do the police need to be, before there powers can be taken away. Fivteen years ago they told us to not leave our windows open on a night, now they tell us we are no longer safe using a (MOBILE PHONE) well been mobile. This is the only service where it doesn't matter about results!!. They only do damage!
  • Score: 4

1:39am Tue 19 Aug 14

You couldn't make it up. says...

Working with other agencies, issuing potential victims with cards about their responsibilities and not to be seen with valuable property? How about the DCI getting off his backside and doing what he's paid to do I.e prevent crime, arrest and prosecute offenders. Never mind sound bites which might impress his bosses start doing basic bobbying, that's if he's ever done any!
Working with other agencies, issuing potential victims with cards about their responsibilities and not to be seen with valuable property? How about the DCI getting off his backside and doing what he's paid to do I.e prevent crime, arrest and prosecute offenders. Never mind sound bites which might impress his bosses start doing basic bobbying, that's if he's ever done any! You couldn't make it up.
  • Score: 4

9:40am Wed 20 Aug 14

LeftLongAgo says...

Robin of Loxley. What a great plan, just dont use the items in public? HHHHm, is this part of your great plan to drag us back to the Dark Ages. Perhaps i should dress in a Burkha and hide my electronic equipent from view beneath a black shroud? hows that? Suit you Sir?
Robin of Loxley. What a great plan, just dont use the items in public? HHHHm, is this part of your great plan to drag us back to the Dark Ages. Perhaps i should dress in a Burkha and hide my electronic equipent from view beneath a black shroud? hows that? Suit you Sir? LeftLongAgo
  • Score: 0

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