Low burglary detection figures spark council concerns in Keighley district

Low burglary detection figures revealed in a report from local Neighbourhood Policing Teams have sparked concern among councillors.

Clear-up rates for Bingley and Worth, and Wharfedale and Craven, are way below the national average and only a third as good as detections across West Yorkshire as a whole.

Official Home Office statistics for 2012 set a national detection rate of 13.3 per cent of all burglaries.

Force-wide figures for West Yorkshire produced a detection rate of 17.8 of all dwelling burglaries for the year up until October 2013.

But in Bingley and Worth where there were 169 house burgaries in the year until October – a rise of 72 on the previous year – the detection rate was only five per cent of the total incidents.

Wharfedale and Craven area had a spike of more than 100 per cent as burglaries rose from 43 to 95 during the same timespan and the detection rate was just six per cent, according to figures in a report delivered to Shipley Area Committee.

Bingley Rural district councillor Simon Cooke, who is on the committee, said serious questions had to be asked.

“Across Bradford district there are real concerns about detection rates,” he said.

“It’s a question of paying attention to the needs of these areas.

“Because they are relatively low crime areas, I don’t think police give detection the same importance.

“It feels as if in places like Haworth and Cullingworth, they have replaced policing with sending out e-mails and coming to meetings to tell us to lock our doors.”

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman acknowledged there was room for improvement and said they would continue to work with local communities across Bradford district to make them safer.

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