Police will target car criminals

A typical 'hook and cane' theft

A typical 'hook and cane' theft

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MOST crimes have fallen again in Wigan, latest figures show.

Only a slight increase in vehicle crime mars the statistics issued by Greater Manchester Police.

There have been big falls in robberies and hate crime and small reductions in burglaries and what are termed as serious crimes.

The tables compare the period April to June this year with the same three months last year.

Wigan Police’s borough commander, Chief Supt Shaun Donnellan said: “I am delighted that we have seen reductions in nearly all the main crime types, and I hope that people will be reassured by the latest figures as they mean fewer victims and happier communities all round.

“However, we need to do more in relation to vehicle crime, and I have raised the number of patrols in high-risk areas and increased operations to target key offenders.

“We need motorists to do their bit by parking in secure or well-lit areas wherever possible.

“They should also close all windows, use a steering lock, remove all valuables, especially sat navs and their mounting cradles, lock all doors and activate the immobiliser if they have one.

“It is a good idea to register valuables on www.immobilise.com and to security mark them with your postcode and house number or vehicle registration number.

“Motorists should also keep a record of the make, model and serial number of such items. Finally, car keys should be kept hidden at home and away from doors and windows to prevent hook-and-cane thefts.”

Across Greater Manchester there were nearly 18,000 fewer victims over the same period - a reduction of 7.4 per cent.

The Home Office figures show that despite ongoing budget cuts, the force has not only reduced crime to its lowest figure in 11 years, but continues to tackle head-on the crimes that matter most to the people of Greater Manchester.

Deputy Chief Constable Simon Byrne said: “The real story behind these figures is that there are fewer and fewer people having their lives ruined by criminals.

“This three-monthly update reinforces a really encouraging trend across Greater Manchester - crime is at its lowest level since the millennium and continues to fall.

“They demonstrate that we are making it harder for criminals to operate at a time when budget cuts are adding extra pressure to the force.

“We have listened to what people are telling us and with big reductions in burglaries, robberies and vehicle crime - things that really matter to people - we are making them feel safer and less fearful of crime.”