ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour and criminal damage causes untold misery to people across Huddersfield.
We use the word ‘untold’ because police suspect that many incidents may be going unreported.
It is understandable that victims think the police won’t be able to do anything about it and their confidence in law and order and the British criminal justice system may have been shaken.
But if incidents are not reported, the police are not getting a full picture of crime and anti-social hotspots.
The main problem areas should get the most resources targeted at them.
After all, it’s in the police’s interests as much as the victim’s as an unsolved crime spree in a specific area will no doubt bump up their crime figures with the detection percentage falling.
The incident in Thornton Lodge featured in today’s Examiner also highlights the importance of CCTV cameras.
Some would insist they are an infringement on our civil liberties, but in cases like this they are catching the culprits in the act on film and could prove to be vital evidence in court.
It is a sickening sight seeing someone’s pride and joy being mindlessly damaged for no purpose whatsoever.
The Examiner is always keen to show CCTV images from crime.
As a community-minded newspaper we will do all we can to protect members of our community.