Burglaries down in towns

CRIMEBUSTERS in Pontefract and Knottingley have notched up success in tackling burglary in the last three months.

West Yorkshire Police says the number of break-ins has dropped by more than half in Pontefract and Knottingley from 77 to 30 – and been reduced by a third on Knottingley’s Warwick estate, down from 32 to 22.

West Yorkshire Police said its success was down to working closely with local agencies and communities, targeting offenders and responding to information from the public.

Sgt Dan Tillett, of Pontefract and Knottingley NPT, said: “These excellent results are a culmination of hard work and dedication by ourselves, Wakefield and District Housing and the community.

“Through the identification of areas of vulnerability and applying our strengths as a partnership we quickly saw progress.

“Rest assured though that while these results are extremely pleasing, this is a long term initiative and we will continue to press on and further reduce burglaries and the effects of such in the area.”

As part of a recent multi-agency initiative, boilers on the Warwick estate were security marked to combat metal theft.

WDH funded the 7,500 Smartwater capsules used in the scheme, in order to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour across the local area.

Gary Lumb, WDH community safety manager, said: “We are committed to tackling all kinds of crime within our communities.

“By funding the Smartwater technology and working with the police we have already reduced the number of victims of crime within the local estates, and we will be keeping up the pressure on criminals to make our neighbourhoods even safer.”