On patrol to beat burglars

The Central NPT continue their campaign to reduce the number of burglaries in the city.'PCSO Rhys Dickson and Sgt Mark Beet from the Central NPT with Sam Franklin, aged 14, of Townley Road

The Central NPT continue their campaign to reduce the number of burglaries in the city.'PCSO Rhys Dickson and Sgt Mark Beet from the Central NPT with Sam Franklin, aged 14, of Townley Road

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POLICE have launched a summer long crackdown on burglars and sneak-in thieves.

The Central neighbourhood police team (NPT) has been out on patrol this week advising people how to keep their homes and valuables safe.

The two-month campaign was rolled out across the district in July.

Officers will also target known offenders and attend car boot sales to crack down on people selling stolen goods.

Sgt Mark Beet and PCSO Rhys Dickson visited homes in Lupset as part of a campaign to cut the number of burglaries.

Sgt Beet said: “During the summer people leave their windows and doors open, go into the back garden and leave their homes vulnerable to sneak in thieves.”

He has been marking property with UV pens and delivering crime prevention advice to families.

PCSO Dickson said: “We often recover stolen property but we struggle to reunite it with their owners. If people mark items with their postcode and write down the serial numbers then we can return them.”

One of the families visited by the officers was the Franklins, of Townley Road.

Mandy Franklin, 41, said: “I would have never have thought to mark our things before so I think it’s a really good idea that the police are coming round and talking to people.”

PCSO Dickson said: “We are also visiting reported burglary victims and paying special attention to areas which may be more vulnerable such as streets which back on to fields or houses next to ginnels.”

For a crime prevention pack call 0845 6060606 or log on to www.westyorkshire.police.uk