Calderdale Festive Crime Prevention
Wednesday 13 December, 2017
Police in Halifax are working with Calderdale Council and partners in the run up to Christmas in a bid to help people in the town stay safe and protect their properties.
Crimes such as burglaries, thefts from and of vehicles tend to increase in the winter months with the longer hours of darkness providing the opportunity that thieves are looking for. The longer evenings and poorer weather tend to also harbour others who use the district for their criminal activities. With the increase in footfall and celebrations commencing early, there can also be people over-indulging in bars and clubs and unknowingly make themselves more vulnerable to crime.
Officers are working around the clock to make sure that everyone across the District has a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.
The Halifax Neighbourhood Policing Team are working closely with partners from a number of agencies to conduct licensing checks, high visibility patrols and to offer support to people who may need it either during the day, or throughout the evening.
Demonstrating why Halifax has retained its Purple Flag status, Bus Oasis will once again be providing the services of their brightly livered bus to support revellers out in the Town Centre. The bus is stocked with bottled water, flip flops, spikeys, as well as mobile phone charging points and hot drink facilities. Staffed by Volunteers offering advice, guidance and support to users, and can help them to get home safely by referring them to licensed taxi's or by making sure they are safely inside one of the nightclubs or bars and not left wandering around vulnerable in the town centre.
Teams will also be clamping down on underage drinkers attempting to gain entry to licenced premises in the town.
As part of the partnership initiative, Calderdale Council's Parking Services team and community wardens are patrolling car parks to identify unlocked vehicles or vehicles with items left on display. Where they find security concerns about a vehicle, they then notify police so that contact can be made with the keeper of the vehicle to offer bespoke crime prevention advice.
Police are also working with retailers as part of the Shopwatch scheme to help them identify offenders and prevent crime across the town’s retail outlets.
A series of new posters, and leaflet are also available to remind the public about ways they can keep themselves safe.
Halifax Ward Officer PC Michelle Cheney said, “This is a real concerted effort by police, partner agencies and local businesses to keep those living, socialising and shopping in the town safe this festive season. We want people to be able to enjoy the variety of retail and night time entertainment that the town has to offer but also need residents and visitors to the town to play their part by thinking about their own home and personal security.”
Sergeant Ben Doughty of the Halifax Neighbourhood Policing Team said “We are proud to be able to deliver these additional patrols with our partners thanks to funding from the Community Safety partnership. This funding will ensure we are all visible over the festive period to deter criminals and make visitors feel safe across Calderdale.”