Police Urge Residents To Be Vigilant Following an Spike in Burglaries in Kirklees

Friday 16 August, 2019

Police are urging residents to be vigilant and report suspicious behaviour following a recent increase in burglaries in Kirklees

Kirklees District Police would like to speak to anyone who has information about a recent increase in burglaries in the Heckmondwike and Gomersal areas between 29 July and 11 August.

There have been 28 offences of burglary from sheds, outhouses and garages that have been targeted. The offences seem to have been opportunist in nature, with valuable items been left in insecure locations.

Kirklees District Police are urging residents to ensure their properties and gardens are secure with the following advice:

  • If the back garden is accessed via a gate; think about using a padlock to secure the garden gate for added security;
  • Lighting in your garden can often make a difference by often putting off opportunistic burglars from entering the garden;
  • Make sure there are no tools left lying around in the garden; these tools can often be used by a perpetrator to open a door, shed or even the garage;
  • Does your property or shed have an alarm installed? This can often be a simple and effective deterrent for burglars.
  • Mark expensive tools with your postcode and house number, preferably by engraving or with a brightly coloured marker, making the items difficult to sell on. There are also ultra-violet (UV) marker pens available in the shops.

Libby Walker, Kirklees Crime Prevention officer, said: “We have seen an increase in the number of burglaries in Kirklees over the past few weeks as we do at this time of year through the summer months, particularly with sheds and outhouses being targeted.

“I would like to urge residents to carry out some simple checks to ensure that your property and surrounding area is safe and secure.

“Police in Kirklees continue to work hard to reduce the number of burglaries and deter them from happening, but the public can also help us by keeping their properties secure at all times.”

Anyone who has been a victim of a burglary or has any information to pass to the police can contact either online via www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contact-us or call 101.

For more information and advice on how to keep your house and property safe, please visit the West Yorkshire Police website via https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/burglary

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