A NEW project targeting break-ins in Calderdale is proving a big success.
In the four months since the Speed project - which stands for Securing Property, Economically, Effectively, Daily - began, more than 100 homes have been fitted with extra locks on windows and doors.
Victims of break-ins were visited to make their homes more secure. None of these have been burgled since they had the new locks.
Overall, the number of houses burgled between April and June has fallen by 57% compared with the same period last year.
Det Chief Insp Martin Jordan, head of Calderdale CID, said: "We have seen 416 fewer offences resulting in 416 fewer victims which is excellent news."
But Det Chief Insp Jordan warned the only way to stop the trend for sneak-in burglaries was for homeowners to help themselves.
"Sneak-in offences account for 25% of reported burglaries and, while I fully understand why people open doors and windows in hot weather, with a little more care we could prevent even more crimes being committed," he said.
"The public need to help themselves in this respect."