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Beating Burglary With Blue-tooth In Bradford

November 19, 2012, 11:39 am

Neighbourhood Police are tackling burglary by mobile.

Officers in the Heaton area of Bradford are using blue-tooth technology to send text messages offering crime prevention advice.

Its part of the latest Force-wide campaign entitled ‘It Only Takes a Minute.

It urges people to lock their doors and use lighting to protect their property from being targeted by thieves during the winter months.

Sergeant Peter Hall of the North Bradford Neighbourhood Policing Team said:

“We are always looking for innovative ways to communicate with our residents and ensure they are safe within their homes.

“This technology allows us to detect other active Bluetooth devices within an area and send a message.

“The mobile phone or laptop user will then receive a notification on their screen that will tell them that West Yorkshire Police are making contact.

“The advice contained in the messages includes a simple reminder to residents to lock their door, even when they are at home.

“They also urge people to use lighting to deter potential thieves and consider other crime prevention measures such as timers.

“There has been 386 less house burglaries in Airedale and North Bradford between April and October compared to the same time the previous year.

“We are using every possible tactic, tool and resource at our fingertips to continue this trend and the use of blue-tooth is part and parcel of that

“On top of our crime prevention work with residents, we are also working hard to target offenders through proactive operations and focused visible patrols.

“We are not complacent, and we will continue to do all we can to ensure that people who live and work in our area are safe and crime free.

“If you have information about offenders operating in your area, you can all us anonymously or in confidence on 0800 555 111. If you tell us, we will take action.”

If you would like further information on crime prevention advice, visit West Yorkshire Polices Home Page

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