An expert squad has been assembled in the district of Bradford to target crooks who commit burglaries at jewellery stores.
Detective Chief Inspector Steve Thomas, the Senior Investigating Officer, said, “We have experienced a recent trend of offences across the Bradford District where jewellery has been targeted.”
To fight the issue, a group of specialist officers has been gathered to concentrate exclusively on investigating the offences, and welcoming any new information they can from the public so that the thieves can be brought to justice.
“Increases in the value of gold suspected to be behind this type of criminality and although overall offending for burglary and robbery has fallen across the Bradford District by 23% in the last two financial years, this is an area we need to focus our attention.”
Operation ‘Scaldlock’ has been set up to focus on the perpetrators and the measures that need to be taken for crime prevention in the region.
Six men have from the local area already been taken into police custody over the past few weeks in relation to the robberies.
Local residents looking for assistance regarding crime information and/or advice on how to secure their homes can contact the Neighbourhood Policing Team.
“Neighbourhood Policing Team Officers in every community will be raising awareness around security and crime prevention. For instance, people can put in place simple measures such as locking their doors and lighting up their property to deter thieves,” says DCI Thomas, Senior Investigating Officer of the team.
“The second element of the operation will be through local jewellers. Officers will be ensuring they are aware of criminals attempting to sell these high value items and what they should do if they are approached,” added DCI Thomas.
Deputy Leader of Bradford Council, Coun Imran Hussain, said, “These horrific offences, sometimes targeting some of the most vulnerable victims, simply will not be tolerated.
“Families with high value jewellery should carefully consider security measures including safety deposit boxes. We urge anyone who has information relating to gold theft to come forward and report it by calling the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”