Granny gives PC Scott a bright idea

ELDERLY people are being helped to protect their homes this Christmas, thanks to a bobby’s bright idea.

PC Scott Gardner has arranged for 400 free energy-saving lightbulbs and timer switches to be handed out to old and vulnerable residents in a bid to deter burglars.

The bulbs, donated by British Gas, and switches from Wickes Building Supplies, will be distributed across Calderdale over the next few days.

PC Gardner said: “It’s something close to my heart as I have an elderly grandmother who lives alone.

“I was fitting her property with an energy-saving light bulb and timer switch when I realised we could do the same for other elderly and vulnerable people in Calderdale.”

The scheme is part of the Calderdale Darker Nights Initiative, which aims to cut the number of burglaries committed by opportunist thieves in the dark.

Officers will be visiting specifically-targeted homes to give out the freebies, plus crime-prevention advice. Inspector Simon Spencer, of Halifax central neighbourhood policing team, said leaving a light on could cut the risk of a burglary. He said: “Thieves tend to use the cover of darkness to break in and steal cherished possessions.

“This is especially so during the festive season when opportunist thieves target Christmas gifts and other expensive items.

“I would like to thank British Gas and Wickes for backing our campaign.”

Christine Tate, of British Gas, said: “We are proud to support this campaign and provide low-energy lightbulbs to keep homes lit at low cost.

“Keeping communities warm and safe is very important to us, especially the older and more vulnerable at this time of year.”

Ravi Bagri, store manager at Wickes, Halifax, said: “Along with our suppliers SMJ, we are delighted to be able to support this very worthwhile cause and provide help for our local community in Calderdale.”