Police window to open on an offender day by day
CRIMINALS in Huddersfield are to get an early - and unwanted - Christmas present.
They are to be hunted down and arrested by police in the run-up to the festive season in Operation Advent.
The town's 25 "Most Wanted" villains will be targeted by all officers between now and December 25.
Police are hoping to ensure criminals have an unhappy Advent by targeting the most prolific offenders.
An Advent calendar on the police intranet site will open each day to reveal an offender who has been identified by the Divisional Intelligence Unit.
The offender will be sought and arrested.
There will be a different offender for each day up to Christmas Day.
Chief Supt Barry South, commander of the Kirklees police division, said: "We are targeting the most prolific offenders in the division so that we disrupt their Christmas before they disrupt everyone else's.
"These are people who are outstanding for offences that have been committed or who are wanted on a warrant. Obviously, rather than risk spending Christmas Day in the cells, we'd urge people who are wanted to hand themselves in before we come and knock at their door."
The criminals in the firing line include burglars and thieves.
This is just one of the schemes police are running in the coming weeks.
Chief Supt South said: "We would also remind people that taking simple crime prevention steps over the Christmas period can greatly improve both their own safety and the security of their property."
His advice includes:
* When you go out leave a light on in your home. A dark house offers weaknesses; it tells the offender there is no-one at home
* Wait until Christmas Eve before putting presents under the tree. Try not to advertise expensive presents by leaving empty boxes outside your home.
* Never leave anything on display when you park your car. Even an old coat or a plastic bag can tempt a thief. Don't leave presents you have just bought on display in your car.
* If you're in a city or town centre shopping park in a secure car park, not down unlit side streets.
Chief Supt South added: "We will be paying particular attention to town centres and the night-time economy.
"We want people to enjoy themselves, but we would also ask them to act responsibly.
"The festive season provides more opportunities for thieves and we'd urge everyone just to take a bit of extra care to have it secure and crime-free."
Crime prevention advice is available from your local Neighbourhood Policing Team.
Details are available from the website www.westyorkshire.police.uk or by calling 0845 6060606.