POLICE have seen a spike in the number of crimes in the Brighouse area.
Over the last six weeks they’ve dealt with 127 crimes – up from 93 incidents in the previous six weeks.
Pc Liam Hay, community beat officer for Brighouse, said the rise was burglars targeting sheds and garages.
And cops have vowed to tackle Christmas criminals with undercover operations in Brighouse town centre.
He told residents at the Brighouse Ward Forum: “We arrested two males in relation to the shed burglaries and we recovered property from one.
“We think we’ve got the right guys who committed them because incidents have dropped off.”
There had been 16 reports of burglaries at properties other than houses, compared to two in the previous six weeks.
There had been fewer house burglaries, down to four from six, and 16 reports of damage to property.
Pc Hay said police would be increasing patrols around the Christmas and New Year period and carrying out speed checks.
Undercover and high-visibility operations will take place in the town centre on the run up to Christmas.
Pc Hay added: “We had an armed robbery at a jewellers, sadly we seem to attract travelling criminals from Manchester and Liverpool, but we are doing more patrols of the town centre.”
Pc Hay said there had been 16 reports of theft from vehicles in the last six weeks, up from 14.
He said: “The vast majority of those have been travelling criminals trying car doors.”
He advised: “Make sure you close your car door properly, because you can click the button on your electronic car key. If the door isn’t closed properly it will still light up but it won’t be locked.”
He said three people were given a warning for possessing cannabis while another man was arrested for producing the drug in Clifton.
Pc Hay also spoke about two burglary suspects ramming his police car, injuring three officers.
As the Examiner reported last month, police had responded to reports of a burglary at premises on the Armytage Road Industrial Estate on November 23.
As the two police cars approached a white Ford Transit van sped off in reverse, smashing into both police vehicles.
Three police officers were hurt and were taken to hospital.
The two male suspects, also injured, where then arrested by the cops on suspicion of burglary and dangerous driving.
Pc Hay said: “We get reports of people targeting derelict properties, they cause thousands of pounds of damage to steal copper pipes worth a hundred quid.
“Let us know if you see anything suspicious around a derelict property.”
Reports of anti-social behaviour had increased from 39 to 46, mainly the result of rowdiness in the town centre from revellers.