HOME-owners and businesses have been warned about an increase in metal thefts by unscrupulous scrap dealers.
John Barry Photography, in Cheapside, and Hadfields Bakers, Northgate, were both targeted in the last week.
Their brass door handles were stolen — along with small brass keyhole covers.
The thefts took place over the weekend, but it is thought they are just the tip of the iceberg.
Spen police chief Insp Tim Holland said it was a country-wide problem that has arisen due to the price of metals like brass and copper sky rocking in recent years.
He said: “The dealers take door handles because often they are made from the old style brass fittings.
“If you do have brass handles then we advise putting screw bolts in place, with the bolts on the inside of the door.”
Barry Mounsey, owner of the photography business, believes the thieves prised off his door handle using a crowbar.
“They took my brass handle and the one from Hadfields too.
“I know there were also some thefts at Westgate as well.
“It’s inconvenient more than anything but value wise, they must only be worth a few pounds.
“They must have an eye out for any metals with a material value.”
Several people have also been in contact with the Spenborough Guardian about thefts from their gardens, in one case right in front of the homeowner.
Insp Holland said that police were looking out for the unscrupulous dealers who operated in the area.
“Unless the collectors have the permission of the owners to take the scrap, it’s theft,” Insp Holland said.
“If people see scrap dealers taking these items then they must contact the police.”