Residents urged not to offer up valuables to opportunist thieves

Neighbourhood police officers in Huddersfield are urging residents to secure their doors and cars after spotting a ‘worrying’ number of opportunities for sneak thieves in the town.

The Huddersfield Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) is reminding households that a sneak thief can be in and out of a property in seconds after officers noted a number of open car windows and front doors during recent patrolling.

Sneak thefts often increase in Huddersfield and elsewhere in West Yorkshire from the Spring onwards due to the number of people who leave doors and windows open.

Officers are warning residents that thieves are well aware of these trends and will wander around looking for opportunities and locations to target.

Inspector Graham Dyson of the Huddersfield NPT, said: “A recent patrol of Huddersfield highlighted for me the worrying number of people that leave windows and doors ajar.

“It only takes a few seconds for an offender to nip in and grab something. You may not know for some time that anything has gone and this can give offenders time to use items such as bank cards.

“Please, even if you are just leaving your house to nip into the garden secure your address, and when leaving your car check it, make sure that valuables aren’t left in sight and that the doors and windows are closed.

“If anyone see’s any person acting suspiciously in an area please don’t hesitate to contact Police. I would much rather attend and find that the person isn’t suspicious than having to attend a subsequent crime and see the distress that the offence has caused to the victim.”

Crime prevention advice on how to beat sneak thieves and updates can be found at our ‘sneak in’ page on the West Yorkshire Police website at  https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/sneak 

Alternatively sign up to WYCommunity Alert where you will receive updates regarding crime and ASB in your area, and further crime prevention advice.

For more details regarding WYCommunity Alert see the website at https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/west-yorkshire-community-alert

If you see any suspicious activity please contact West Yorkshire Police via 101. If you suspect a crime is in progress then dial 999.

Information regarding offenders or crime can also be sent direct to West Yorkshire Police via www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat   or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Huddersfield Times

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