Burglary warning for residents

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A SPATE of burglaries in Wigan has prompted the police to issue a warning.

The incidents have all occurred at night with the offenders forcing entry to properties or outhouses and garages.

Several have been focused in the Standish area with three attempted burglaries occurring on Sunday night in the Northways area.

Inspector Glenn Jones of the Wigan Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “I would like to remind Wigan’s householders that around one in three burglaries happen when doors and windows are left open or unlocked, even when you’re at home.

“Therefore to reduce the chances of being burgled, residents should also keep all external doors and windows locked and ensure their homes are protected by an activated alarm and sensor lights. It is also a good idea to leave some lights on when you go out to make your home look occupied.”

Two bikes and various fishing items were taken in one of the incidents in Standish on Sunday night when offenders broke into a garage on Northways. Two other garages in the same area were broken into but nothing was stolen.

While last week a property on Pilgrims Way was broken into but the offenders were disturbed by a window cleaner.

Insp Jones, added: “With the dark nights upon us and cold mornings there are increased opportunities for criminals.

“Properties are left in the dark making them easily identifiable for potential offenders to commit burglaries and opportunists take advantage of cars being left unattended with the engines running to defrost.

“However, with just a few simple measures you can significantly reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime. We are working hard to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in this area and information from the community is vital.”

l Anyone with information regarding the burglaries or any other incidents are urged to call Wigan Police on 0161 856 7124 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.