Police in security plea after rise in house burglaries
RESIDENTS are being warned to be extra vigilant after a spate of burglaries.
Police say there has been a spike in break-ins in parts of central Oldham over the past few months.
Twenty burglaries were recorded in the Werneth and Coppice areas from mid-December into January, although this has now dropped to eight over the past five weeks.
Two mosques in Werneth and one in Glodwick were also targeted with a laptop money from collections stolen.
All three incidents are still being investigated.
Police and council officers are meeting with residents over the burglaries.
The force says it is keen to see residents set up their own neighbourhood watch schemes but wants to discourage people from holding their own street patrols.
Inspector Alan Humphies of the Oldham Central neighbourhood policing team,said: “Year on year we have seen a reduction in burglaries but compared to this time last year there has been a marked increase.
“Some residents have resorted to starting their own patrols of the area but we strongly discourage that and would instead encourage them to join a neighbourhood watch scheme.
“That way they can become the eyes and ears of the community and report things safely to the police.”
A meeting will be taking place at Medina Hall, on Gainsborough Avenue, from 8pm tonight offering crime prevention advice and information on how residents can set up their own scheme.
Councillor Shoab Akhtar, who lives in Coppice, added: “This is a worrying trend and some of the incidents are getting more violent.
“The police are doing all they can and there has been an increased visible presence of police officers in the area. But we need to take more responsibility ourselves and be more aware of how to protect our properties.”
The neighbourhood policing team can be contacted on 0161 856 8927.
To report a crime call the police 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Inspector Alan Humphries and Werneth ouncillor Shoab Akhtar warn householders to be on their guard
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