Police out in force to fight house crimes

Police launch the campaign
Police launch the campaign

A MAJOR anti-burglary campaign is being rolled out across Wigan.

Officers are patrolling break-in hotspots and keeping an eye out for insecurities like open doors and windows.

Residents leaving their properties vulnerable are being given crime prevention advice, and some homes are being surveyed to see if security measures can be improved.

Town crier Barry McQueen, first seen in Leigh last week, has since been touring other parts of the borough loudly reminding people of simple steps that can be taken to make life harder for burglars.

Officers are also running bike and phone marking events throughout the week, making it more likely that such items will be returned if they are ever lost or stolen.

Police are tracking down those wanted in connection with previous burglaries and are visiting offenders’ homes to ensure they are observing curfews.

Stop-checks are being carried out on suspects, second hand shops are being monitored to ensure stolen goods are not being handled, and recording practices at scrap metal outlets are also being checked.

Chief Insp Jacqui Pendlebury of Wigan Police said: “The wide range of tactics being employed shows how seriously we take burglary, and how intent we are on bringing offenders to justice.

“There is usually an increase in break-ins at this time of year as evenings become darker, and I would remind residents to go ALL out to beat burglars by remembering Alarms, Locks and Lights.

“The simple three-point message is a reminder to put the alarm on, lock all doors and windows and leave a light on when leaving your home empty.”

For non-emergency calls or to report crime call police on 0161 872 5050 or for more information visit gmp.police.uk/wigan