Police meet in Keighley for double attack on crime

Keighley News: Mark Burns-Williamson, Councillor Judith Brooksbank and Mark Gilmore help demonstrate the effectiveness of the Smartwater system Mark Burns-Williamson, Councillor Judith Brooksbank and Mark Gilmore help demonstrate the effectiveness of the Smartwater system

Technology designed to catch thieves and a new system to bring neighbourhood policing even closer to local communities were both launched at Keighley Civic Centre.

Senior police officers and the West Yorkshire police and crime commissioner met at the Keighley Town Council-run premises in North Street.

Monday afternoon’s event was partly to promote and explain the Smartwater product, which can be used to uniquely identify valuables.

The forensic substance is invisible when applied to objects, but can be illuminated and identified using an ultraviolet torch.

Smartwater crime reduction adviser Kevin Drewett told the gathering: “Smartwater is very robust, and we guarantee that when it’s used externally, it will last for at least five years.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said he was particularly pleased the ill-gotten gains of criminals – taken from them under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) – is helping to fund the provision of Smartwater marking kits.

Chief constable Mark Gilmore added: “It’s great to see a local initiative, which is using very modern technology to deal with some traditional policing problems.”

Neighbourhood policing team sergeant Chris Watson said Smartwater was an ideal way of deterring stone thefts, as people can use it to mark this type of property without actually damaging it.

He added: “Householders can order kits directly from Smart-water at smartwater.tv/affinity then use the discount code KDHP25H. Alternatively, they can call 0800 521669 and quote the same code.

“If preferred, they can get a kit from one of the contact points at Haworth, Oakworth or Keighley, but stock at these locations is limited.”

The same event was used to announce a new structure for neighbourhood police teams in West Yorkshire.

Each team will now be aligned on a district council ward, so there are 30 teams instead of 12. Each ward now has a named police sergeant for local communities to speak to, but the number of officers and PCSOs has not changed.

Chief superintendent Simon Atkin, Bradford district commander, said: “Our 30 ward teams will be based in the heart of their local communities, making them more accessible to the public and allowing them to provide integrated and co-ordinated policing services designed to meet the needs of local people.”

Mr Burns-Williamson said: “I’m pleased we’ve been able to protect the number of PCs and PCSOS in our teams for the next two years, as our communities have said this is something very important to them.”

l Worth Valley ward councillors have allocated £400 to help local households and businesses protect their property against criminals.

They have given the grant of council cash to the Worth Valley Community Contact Point, in Haworth, to buy Smartwater kits.

Coun Glen Miller said: “These kits will be invaluable in the fight against theft generally, and the stickers that come with the kits will deter many crimes, which is often better than helping to catch criminals after the act, when the damage is done.

“I’m particularly pleased about the effect this will have on a particular type of theft that has plagued our area. While we’ve heard much of metal theft in recent years, stone theft is also a widespread problem, causing massive inconvenience to local residents, charities and businesses.”

Coun Miller added he had been particularly angered by last year’s theft of flagstones from Manor-lands, which was followed by a further raid at the hospice just a few days later.

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8:39am Thu 10 Apr 14

Always a 708 Skinhead says...

Taken from the Full Council Meeting 6th March 2014- Councillor Mitchell explained that the Local Policing Team are currently trialing the use of ‘Smartwater’ to address the theft of flagstones in the area. The Committee have supported this project by investing £1,000 in five Spot Light Torches, which will be used to identify the ownership of stone.
Another example of Keighley Town council making purchases for the Police. The Police force get their own funds via their own Precept. Why is it that KTC are always showering them with gifts from the councils funds?
Taken from the Full Council Meeting 6th March 2014- Councillor Mitchell explained that the Local Policing Team are currently trialing the use of ‘Smartwater’ to address the theft of flagstones in the area. The Committee have supported this project by investing £1,000 in five Spot Light Torches, which will be used to identify the ownership of stone. Another example of Keighley Town council making purchases for the Police. The Police force get their own funds via their own Precept. Why is it that KTC are always showering them with gifts from the councils funds? Always a 708 Skinhead
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6:24pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Little Green Man says...

If the theft of stone is from council property why wouldn't they want to invest in this technology?
If the theft of stone is from council property why wouldn't they want to invest in this technology? Little Green Man
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1:41am Sat 12 Apr 14

Always a 708 Skinhead says...

Where does it say the thefts are from council property LGM? The council minutes do not indicate this. They make it clear they are being purchased by the council for the police. The police have their own precept to generate funds, so it is clearly a gift from the counvil to the coppers.
Where does it say the thefts are from council property LGM? The council minutes do not indicate this. They make it clear they are being purchased by the council for the police. The police have their own precept to generate funds, so it is clearly a gift from the counvil to the coppers. Always a 708 Skinhead
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2:36am Sat 12 Apr 14

Always a 708 Skinhead says...

W&T Minutes Feb- RESOLVED
That £1,000 be allocated to the purchase of five UGV2 Spot Light Torches at a cost of £200 each. Two of these torches to be retained by the Police and three put out on loan to local stone merchants. It was confirmed that the torches put out on loan would remain Police property and A/Sgt Beecroft agreed to consider a deposit scheme to ensure that the torches are looked after.
W&T Minutes Feb- RESOLVED That £1,000 be allocated to the purchase of five UGV2 Spot Light Torches at a cost of £200 each. Two of these torches to be retained by the Police and three put out on loan to local stone merchants. It was confirmed that the torches put out on loan would remain Police property and A/Sgt Beecroft agreed to consider a deposit scheme to ensure that the torches are looked after. Always a 708 Skinhead
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2:37am Sat 12 Apr 14

Always a 708 Skinhead says...

What I find odd is that at the January Watch & Transport Meeting it was noted- "In relation to ‘Theft of Stone’, it was explained that only 2 incidents have been reported since November. " So why if the crime is on the decrease is it that the Police and council chose to spend Public funds on marking tools? No doubt we will hear all about how successful the scheme has been in 6 months or so.
What I find odd is that at the January Watch & Transport Meeting it was noted- "In relation to ‘Theft of Stone’, it was explained that only 2 incidents have been reported since November. " So why if the crime is on the decrease is it that the Police and council chose to spend Public funds on marking tools? No doubt we will hear all about how successful the scheme has been in 6 months or so. Always a 708 Skinhead
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8:28am Sat 12 Apr 14

Little Green Man says...

Always a 708 Skinhead wrote:
Where does it say the thefts are from council property LGM? The council minutes do not indicate this. They make it clear they are being purchased by the council for the police. The police have their own precept to generate funds, so it is clearly a gift from the counvil to the coppers.
""Where does it say the thefts are from council property LGM?

Where does it say the thefts aren't?
[quote][p][bold]Always a 708 Skinhead[/bold] wrote: Where does it say the thefts are from council property LGM? The council minutes do not indicate this. They make it clear they are being purchased by the council for the police. The police have their own precept to generate funds, so it is clearly a gift from the counvil to the coppers.[/p][/quote]""Where does it say the thefts are from council property LGM? Where does it say the thefts aren't? Little Green Man
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8:51am Sat 12 Apr 14

Always a 708 Skinhead says...

As 3 of the torches will be held by the police and the other 2 loaned out to local businesses LGM, and given that i cannot find any mention in the budget for replacing stolen stone, nor any reports from councillors on stolen council property, i think it is more likely that council funds have been used to purchase gifts for the police rather than an investment in protecting council assets. Unless of course you know otherwise LGM. I can only go on the evidence available in the public domain though.
As 3 of the torches will be held by the police and the other 2 loaned out to local businesses LGM, and given that i cannot find any mention in the budget for replacing stolen stone, nor any reports from councillors on stolen council property, i think it is more likely that council funds have been used to purchase gifts for the police rather than an investment in protecting council assets. Unless of course you know otherwise LGM. I can only go on the evidence available in the public domain though. Always a 708 Skinhead
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9:05am Sat 12 Apr 14

Gobbag Vooar says...

Seems strange that Keighley people are handing over extra funds to the police, who are already funded through our council tax.
From a council with alleged financial liabilities, and debt, you could possibly be forgiven for expecting them to use funds to reduce those liabilities, instead of giving extra money to the police.
Interesting that UKIP are using the town council as a reservoir for candidates at the forthcoming District Council election, are they really committed to UKIP, or just want to get to City Hall by any means ?
Seems strange that Keighley people are handing over extra funds to the police, who are already funded through our council tax. From a council with alleged financial liabilities, and debt, you could possibly be forgiven for expecting them to use funds to reduce those liabilities, instead of giving extra money to the police. Interesting that UKIP are using the town council as a reservoir for candidates at the forthcoming District Council election, are they really committed to UKIP, or just want to get to City Hall by any means ? Gobbag Vooar
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10:08am Sat 12 Apr 14

Little Green Man says...

Always a 708 Skinhead wrote:
As 3 of the torches will be held by the police and the other 2 loaned out to local businesses LGM, and given that i cannot find any mention in the budget for replacing stolen stone, nor any reports from councillors on stolen council property, i think it is more likely that council funds have been used to purchase gifts for the police rather than an investment in protecting council assets. Unless of course you know otherwise LGM. I can only go on the evidence available in the public domain though.
I t was a straightforward comment based on the story as I read it - don't start all that conspiracy theory **** again
[quote][p][bold]Always a 708 Skinhead[/bold] wrote: As 3 of the torches will be held by the police and the other 2 loaned out to local businesses LGM, and given that i cannot find any mention in the budget for replacing stolen stone, nor any reports from councillors on stolen council property, i think it is more likely that council funds have been used to purchase gifts for the police rather than an investment in protecting council assets. Unless of course you know otherwise LGM. I can only go on the evidence available in the public domain though.[/p][/quote]I t was a straightforward comment based on the story as I read it - don't start all that conspiracy theory **** again Little Green Man
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1:07pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Always a 708 Skinhead says...

The only person mentioning a conspiracy LGM is you.
I have supplied all the comments and references to the subject that I could find regarding the article, mainly obtained from the councils own documents.

Based on this it doesn't appear that the thefts are of council property, yet you have attempted to imply that this may be the case.
Having provided the recorded facts to substantiate my opinion I think it a reasonable request to ask you to validate your comments with at least an inkling of factual data LGM.
Asking you to do so isn't suggesting a conspiracy by any stretch, so why the big leap in your mind that it is?
Perhaps you are unable to provide any supporting evidence and rather than admit this, you resort to Ad Hominem in a mistaken belief that this is somehow a valid contribution.

Let's try again LGM.
What evidence can you provide that reinforces your suggestion that the theft of stone may of included council owned property?
Unless you have evidence to support your claim, then you are simply offering your own belief that some covert but influential organization is responsible for an unexplained event.....
Now that would make your comments what LGM?????
That's right!
A conspiracy theory.

Tick....
Tock....
The only person mentioning a conspiracy LGM is you. I have supplied all the comments and references to the subject that I could find regarding the article, mainly obtained from the councils own documents. Based on this it doesn't appear that the thefts are of council property, yet you have attempted to imply that this may be the case. Having provided the recorded facts to substantiate my opinion I think it a reasonable request to ask you to validate your comments with at least an inkling of factual data LGM. Asking you to do so isn't suggesting a conspiracy by any stretch, so why the big leap in your mind that it is? Perhaps you are unable to provide any supporting evidence and rather than admit this, you resort to Ad Hominem in a mistaken belief that this is somehow a valid contribution. Let's try again LGM. What evidence can you provide that reinforces your suggestion that the theft of stone may of included council owned property? Unless you have evidence to support your claim, then you are simply offering your own belief that some covert but influential organization is responsible for an unexplained event..... Now that would make your comments what LGM????? That's right! A conspiracy theory. Tick.... Tock.... Always a 708 Skinhead
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3:06pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Little Green Man says...

Request all you like - fact is I made a simple comment based on THE FACTS PRESENTED IN THE ARTICLE - if you want to show off how clever you are researching your 'theories' then go ahead, just don't expect me to be impressed.
Request all you like - fact is I made a simple comment based on THE FACTS PRESENTED IN THE ARTICLE - if you want to show off how clever you are researching your 'theories' then go ahead, just don't expect me to be impressed. Little Green Man
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3:50pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Always a 708 Skinhead says...

You didn't make a comment based on the facts in the article lgm. Nowhere does it state the council got robbed. You made a suggestion which seems to have no evidence to support it. Once again lgm, i thankyou for your contribution, you don't realise how useful you are. Cheers.
Tick tock.
You didn't make a comment based on the facts in the article lgm. Nowhere does it state the council got robbed. You made a suggestion which seems to have no evidence to support it. Once again lgm, i thankyou for your contribution, you don't realise how useful you are. Cheers. Tick tock. Always a 708 Skinhead
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4:10pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Little Green Man says...

Read my comment again kn0bhead 708, I said IF theft of stone is from council property. You really need to get a life...
Read my comment again kn0bhead 708, I said IF theft of stone is from council property. You really need to get a life... Little Green Man
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