Police web chat will give advice to people in Calderdale on fighting crime

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Police trying to combating burglary in West Yorkshire are going online to help residents in a new web chat.

People across the district are being encouraged to join in the chat and get the latest advice on keeping their home safe on Thursday, March 7.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark McManus and Force Crime Prevention Officer Chris Joyce will be available between 6.30pm and 7.30pm to answer questions about burglary and provide advice about home security.

The web chat will be used to support the force’s continuing It Only Takes A Minute’campaign to encourage householders to keep their properties secured.

Launched last year, the campaign ran throughout the winter and Christmas period and saw a fall in the number of burglary offences in West Yorkshire.

Detective Chief Inspector McManus said: “We are making good progress at combating burglary in West Yorkshire, with levels of offences now coming down but there is much further to go and we need residents to keep being vigilant.

“This web chat will be a great way for us to discuss burglary directly with residents from the comfort of their own homes and provide specific crime prevention advice tailored to their own needs.

“I would ask anyone who wants some specific advice or who wants to discuss burglary to get in touch.

“Residents who might not be available on the night can always view the questions and answers on the website afterwards or speak to their neighbourhood policing team officers, all of whom are trained in crime prevention.”

To log on to the web chat on between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on March 7 visit www.westyorkshire.police.uk/burglarywebchat.