POLICE are warning people to keep their doors and windows locked in a bid to reduce burglaries in the Spen Valley.
The number of house burglaries has risen in the area in recent months, prompting a call to action by the Spen Valley Neighbourhood Police Team (NPT).
During May, there were 24 burglaries reported in Cleckheaton and a further 32 in Heckmondwike and Liversedge – according to statistics from the police.uk website.
Police believe that the majority of incidents were caused by doors and windows being left open or unlocked during the early part of the summer.
Insp Tim Holland, from the Spen NPT, said: “Last month there were 24 houses broken into across the Spen Valley.
“Though this number is low the worrying fact is that 12 of these offences were committed by the offender being able to walk in through an open or unlocked door or climb in through an insecure window.
“Most windows, especially plastic ones can be locked in a slightly open position and I urge people to do this if they need to leave a window open because they have pets in the house.
“Even if people are in their garden enjoying this summer weather they must ensure their property is secure.
“It only takes a thief seconds to sneak into a house while your back is turned so please don’t give them the opportunity.
l For more information contact the NPT on 01924 295357 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.