Latest in mobile technology is new tool to prevent burglaries

Mobile message: The Lower Valley neighbourhood policing team spread tips via bluetooth
Mobile message: The Lower Valley neighbourhood policing team spread tips via bluetooth
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THE latest mobile phone technology is being used by police to drive home advice on tackling burglars.

Members of the Lower Valley neighbourhood policing team have been delivering crime-busting messages to residents in Brighouse, Elland, Rastrick and Ainley Top via bluetooth.

PCSO Martin Pickergill toured the area recently and identified 386 phones which could receive the crime prevention tips. Mobile users received notifications on their screens that West Yorkshire Police was making contact and many chose to accept the request.

Sergeant Warren Pitman from the team said: “We want householders to take a few simple precautions to ensure their homes are secure.

“Make sure doors and windows are locked, keep sheds and garages secure and keep valuables such as laptops and car keys out of view.”

Officers were also using the technology to reinforce the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police’s Here for Good Campaign.

Sir Norman Bettison joined front line officers on the beat in Brighouse last month to see how officers are tackling local issues and making people feel safe, pledging their work would continue despite a decreasing police budget.

Further crime prevention advice is available on the West Yorkshire Police website at www.westyorkshire.police.uk or by calling your neighbourhood policing team.