MOTORISTS driving in and out of Calderdale could see police checking their insurance.
Beat Bobbies and road policing officers will be on the border of Huddersfield and the Elland, Rastrick and Brighouse parts of Calderdale to crack down on uninsured drivers.
It’s part of a campaign to cut a range of offences including vehicle crime and burglary.
Figures show that since April 1 this year, compared to this time last year, there have been 300 fewer offences of acquisitive crime – 1,934 last year and 1,617 this year, in particular house burglary has reduced by 25 offences, from 634 to 609 incidents.
And theft of and from motor vehicle is down by 270 offences from 1,216 to 946.
But officers are warning people not to be complacent as the dark night’s draw in.
Starting this week during peak times police will be on the Huddersfield and Bradford borders to Calderdale to stop and check vehicles travelling in and out of the area.
Officers will be targeting known criminals using high-tech Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras in which they monitor vehicles driving and pursue those which flash up as being uninsured or unlicensed.
Detective Inspector Gary Stephenson, of Calderdale CID, said: “ANPR is a fantastic tool and the message to those tempted to travel to commit crime is that we are finding you out and we will be taking you off our roads.”
They’re also focusing on preventing burglaries by visiting areas previously affected.
DI Stephenson added: “Tackling burglary is a priority for us all year round, but at this time of year there is traditionally an increase in the number of burglaries with the onset of the darker nights and the clocks turning back.
“Often people are not home from work until a couple of hours after it has got dark. The simple precaution of using lights and timer switches can make the difference between your home being targeted by burglars or being left alone.
“I would also encourage people to be a good neighbour and keep an eye out on other homes in your street. If you see anything suspicious, call the police.”