Crackdown brings big fall in car crime

Wigan Soccerdome - home of Power League
Wigan Soccerdome - home of Power League

INCREASED police patrols and other security measures have helped significantly reduce thefts from cars around Wigan’s Soccerdome.

Officers sent out a warning in January after a crime surge in the area with opportunist thieves targeting vehicles left outside the Power League sports centre and DW Gym.

Among the items stolen were handbags, wallets and phones with one victim even reporting the theft of insulin needles.

At the time police announced they were upping patrols throughout the area while extra security was also put on by the Soccerdome.

Mounted officers have also been present throughout the area while additional warning material has also been put up around the area in the form of posters.

Last month, Sgt Brian Gaskell from the Wigan West Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We have continued to increase patrols in the area which have been added to our police patrol plans.

“Since launching the operation we have reduced the number incidents by 60 per cent.

“Our mounted officers have also been in and around the area and updates have regularly been made via social media.

“Our officers and PCSOs have delivered crime prevention posters and literature in the surrounding community.

“Staff at Soccerdome have increased security in and around the building too.”