A ‘CAPTURE HOUSE’ sign recently put up on the main road through Birdsedge baffled residents.
Villagers were intrigued when the sign was posted on one of the lamp-posts on the A629 Penistone Road.
But all was explained when the Denby Dale district’s own police community support officer Richard Hobson addressed a ‘Home Safety Evening’ in Birdsedge Village Hall and explained that somewhere in the area was a house that had especially been fitted with security cameras, marked electrical equipment and other state-of-the-art technology to catch thieves in the act if they attempted to break in.
‘Capture Houses’ were frequently used in areas where there was a spate of burglaries and statistics showed that they were successful in deterring thieves, he said.
Pcso Hobson and a constable based at Kirkburton Police Station spoke on many aspects of home and personal safety and answered residents’ questions. His role was to forge links with the communities and by doing this he hoped to pick up snippets of information which could prove valuable when a crime was committed.
Currently he is the only Pcso covering the whole of the Denby Dale parish and with just an electric bike to get him around his ‘patch’ he was “spread a bit thin on the ground”.
However there was hope that the Government would be introducing more Pcsos in every area so hopefully his workload may soon be shared.
The Local Neighbourhood Policing Team can be contacted on 10484-431033 (the number should not be used for emergencies) or email: Kirklees.firstname.lastname@example.org (the general police number for non emergencies is 08456-060606).