DRUG dealers and burglars are top of the hit list for Bridlington’s new detective inspector – who hopes to use his 22 years of experience in the force to break the cycle of crime in the town.
Det Insp Paul Kirby, 42, has joined the Priority Crime Team based at Bridlington Police Station and his main aim is to rid the town’s streets of those dealing in Class A drugs such as cocaine, heroin and ectasy.
Clamping down on burglaries and the handling of stolen goods are also top priorities for Det Insp Kirby at a time when the town has experienced a rise in the number of break-ins in recent months.
And with experience of working in London’s Metropolitan Police, Hull’s local policing team, the major incident team in Goole, as well as both the offending management and serious acquisitive crime teams based in Beverley, Det Insp Kirby appears to be just the man for the job.
“I’m bringing a lot of my personal values and beliefs into the team. It’s about the minority of offenders committing the majority of crimes,” said Det Insp Kirby.
“Some people can manage drug addiction and hold down normal jobs, but others can’t and these are the people who maybe steal from shops, steal from their family, commit burglaries and steal cars.
“If I can take out Class A suppliers in an area hopefully I will impact on people committing the crime to fund their habits,” he added.
Over the coming months he will be working in partnership with his successor at Beverley, Det Insp Joanne Row, and Bridlington’s neighbourhood police chief Insp Grant Taylor to put his priorities into action.
And he urged the public to report anyone they suspect of dealing in Class A drugs to either call the police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
“If I find out someone’s a dealer I will take positive action whether that’s an arrest or just frustrating their lives,” he said.
“I want to get the drug dealers out of Bridlington and to break that cycle.”
And while the East Riding is still considered to be one of the safest counties in England, with around two burglaries a day, Det Insp Kirby has urged the public to play their part in ensuring their homes are protected from thieves.
As previously reported, the number of burglaries in Bridlington between September and November last year was 68, compared to 30 during the same period in 2011.
And between December 25 and January 7 there were 10 reported burglaries in Bridlington, of which seven were classed as insecure burglaries in which thieves entered properties through an unlocked door or window.
“It’s an opportunity. If a burglar can go to your house and walk in through the door and find your car keys or iPad it makes their life very, very easy.
“Victims don’t know they have been targeted for some time afterwards which makes it very, very hard for us as they don’t leave a trail behind them,” said Det Insp Kirby.
The public have also been asked to be vigilant when offered goods which might seem too good to be true.
He said: “People might think they are getting a good deal, and it may be legitimate, but what can seem to be a good deal could be someone’s Christmas present.
“I would encourage the public to be quite challenging about what they are being offered as it might not just be a good offer but someone’s pride and joy.”
Det Insp Kirby has also praised the work of Neighbourhood Watch groups, such as Bridwatch, who he hopes to work in partnership with in the future.
“It’s about helping the public to help themselves,” he added.