Cleckheaton burglaries fall by more than a quarter

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Burglaries in Cleckheaton dropped by more than a quarter last year.

During 2013, 97 homes were burgled in the ward, compared with 133 homes in 2012 – a drop of 27 per cent.

Insp Tim Holland, from Spen police, said the figures had smashed his target of a 10 per cent reduction.

He said: “Though I am not happy when one home is burgled I am pleased that there have only been 97 burglaries in the ward in 2013. That is a massive 27 per cent reduction, and of course 36 less victims of household burglary.

“A large proportion of these offences were committed through insecure or UPVC doors. The sole purpose of the majority of these offences was to take the owners’ car key to take cars from the road or driveway.

“Supported by Insp Stainthorpe and his integrated offender m anagement team at Dewsbury we utilised force crime prevention officers, neighbourhood staff, volunteers, force and other divisional resources to combat the problem.”

Insp Holland advised people to make sure their doors were locked, take car keys upstairs and make sure old UPVC locks were replaced with new snap proof locks.