Burglars know the price of everything and the value of nothing (22 Oct 2014)

"Burglars know the price of everything and the value of nothing" - that is the message being highlighted by West Yorkshire Police as part of their latest burglary campaign. As the clocks go back this weekend, the Force's autumn and winter burglary campaign aims to make people think about the true cost of burglary - both
emotionally and financially.

Officers will also be advising residents on the simple steps they can take to protect their home and prevent crime as the winter months can see an increase in burglary.

Chris Joyce, Force Crime Prevention Officer, said: "Our officers see on a daily basis the devastating impact that being burgled can have on individuals and families.

"A burglar may know how much they can get for a second-hand laptop or a mobile phone but they do not appreciate the value people place on feeling safe in their own home.

"The true cost of burglary is not just an insurance claim; it can lead to sleepless nights, feelings of anger and helplessness, family upset and the loss of treasured memories and personal items such as jewellery and family heirlooms.

"While a laptop or camera can be replaced, unless you have backed up your documents and photos elsewhere you might never get them back."

Officers will be increasing patrols and carrying out targeted operational activity over the coming months. Members of the public are also being reminded to play their part by locking up and lighting up, with the longer and darker nights ahead.

Mr Joyce added: "One of the emotions that victims of burglary go through time and time again is regret; our officers are often told by victims that they wish they had done more. Simple things like they wished they'd lock their door behind them when they got in, or had not left their keys and bag by the window for a burglar to see.

"With the longer and darker nights now upon us, we are urging residents to consider what the true cost of burglary would be to them and what they can do to protect their home.

"Crime prevention doesn't need to cost huge sums of money. By taking steps such as always locking doors and windows, not leaving cash or valuables on show and leaving a light, radio or television on when you leave the house, you can significantly reduce your chances of being a victim of burglary."

Mark Burns-Williamson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said: "The invasion of people's personal space and the theft of all too often irreplaceable belongings, is an experience that makes people feel extremely anxious and vulnerable.

"While the police and partners have worked hard to reduce the number of burglaries in recent years, and there have been some significant successes with bringing burglary rates down...communities in West Yorkshire still suffer from burglary in comparison to other similar areas in the country.

"I would urge people to take note of the campaign and take simple steps to protect their home and visit the West Yorkshire Police website or get involved with a local Neighbourhood Watch scheme for more information on how to stay safe this Autumn and Winter."
Throughout the campaign, West Yorkshire Police will be tweeting information and advice using the hashtag #TrueCost.

District crime prevention officers are there to support members of the public in helping you to do your bit to prevent crime and can be contacted via 101.

Helpful crime prevention tips and more information about the campaign can also be found on the West Yorkshire Police website at: www.westyorkshire.police.uk/burglary

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