Plea from police to be vigilant in run-up to Christmas

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Police have increased patrols in a bid to stop the increase in crime they usually see at this time of year.

Detective Chief Inspector Terry Long, from Calderdale CID,is urging people to help by being extra vigilant.

“At this time of year we do experience an increase in crime and patrols are stepped up to tackle criminal activity,” he said.

“I would like to ask all members of the public to be especially vigilant at this time of year in the lead-up to Christmas.”

Meanwhile detectives say there has been a spate of vehicle break-ins over the last few days.

Cars in Elland and Halifax town centre have been targeted.

Police are say people can help protect themselves against thieves by not leaving property on show in cars, especially if they have been out buying Christmas presents, and to park in well-lit car parks.

Any suspicious activity cane be reported to police on 999 in emergency situations or on 101 for non-emergencies.

Information can also be passed on anonymously via CrimeStoppers on 0800 555111.