Po­lice in se­cu­rity plea af­ter rise in house bur­glar­ies

Oldham Advertiser - - NEWS -

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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