Burglary rates fell 7 per cent in December.

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A police “Light Up, Lock Up” campaign helped reduce burglary rates by seven per cent during December 2012 compared to the previous year.

Figures release today show thee were 98 fewer burglaries across West Yorkshire.

Officers are wanting to build on the success and are now urging residents to keep securing their homes.

As part of the campaign householders were and are still being encouraged to make sure doors and windows are kept secure at all times and to lighten up their home as it gets dark by using timer switches.

The figures follow the publication of recent data by the Home Office last week which showed burglary rates dropped by 18 per cent in West Yorkshire between September 2011 and September 2012.

The issue of continuing to reduce burglary will be a priority in the forthcoming Police and Crime Plan for 2013/14 by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns Williamson, said: “It is clearly good news that burglary rates have fallen in West Yorkshire over the Christmas season, building on the good work by the police force over the past 12 months.

“Burglary is a crime which can have a horrendous and lasting impact on victims who should be able to feel safe and secure in their homes.

“Officers are clearly working hard to keep pushing burglary rates down by both catching and locking up offenders but also by deterring those who are newly released from prison through more effective monitoring.

“I would encourage residents to do all they can to make their homes secure and to support the police in their work to significantly reduce burglary and report any information they may have about burglars operating in their areas.”

DCI Mark McManus of West Yorkshire Police said: “Historically winter can see a spike in burglary offending and this is a key reason why residents should continue following Police advice to make sure their homes are secure.

“It sounds simple but just making sure your door and windows are locked at all times really can make a huge difference, particularly when we still see so many offences committed by thieves gaining access to insecure properties.”