of secure homes!
The number of burglaries linked to unlocked windows and doors
has fallen since residents have got the message to secure their
Head of the burglary unit for East Cheshire, Detective Inspector
Nigel Groom, said: "We have over the years put out messages
to the public reminding them to secure their homes. It looks like
residents are heeding our warnings making it more difficult for
opportunist offenders. Not only has number of burglaries fallen
by almost 39 per cent, the number of burglaries where homes were
insecure has gone down by 12 per cent.
"While we continue to investigate and put behind bars those
who are committing the crimes, we would urge people to continue
to secure their homes through the summer months when the temptation
may be to leave a door or a window open.
"If you′re not in the room please don′t leave the external
door open as it′s putting you at risk of opportunist thieves."
Residents, who haven′t already, are being encouraged to reassess
their current security measures in a bid to reduce their chances
of being targeted:
- Buy timer switches for lights, radios and other appliances
to give the impression that someone is at home − even if they
- Make sure all windows and doors are closed and secured at
- Keep desirable items out of view to passers-by - valuables
should not be visible from windows and doors in your home.
- The same applies to valuable items stored away in garages
or sheds - ensure that garages and sheds are locked with strong
padlocks and, ideally, fitted with an alarm.
- Install outside lights - dusk till dawn lights with a low
wattage bulb will give a constant light when needed. They switch
on as it gets dark and turn off when it gets lighter.
- Consider other security measures in your garden such as motion
sensitive lights, using gravel, which is noisy if anyone steps
on it, and planting prickly bushes.
- Remember to be a good neighbour - if you see anyone acting
suspiciously in your area - report it to police immediately.
Cheshire Police are committed to tackling burglaries in East Cheshire
and will do all we can to ensure that those involved in this type
of crime are caught and punished.
"Residents across the area can join in the fight against
this type of crime. Neighbours are being urged to keep a watchful
eye on their own neighbourhood and look out for people acting suspiciously
in their area.
"Be on your guard and if you see anyone acting suspiciously
then please report it to the police immediately on 101 - even the
smallest amount of information can be useful when piecing together
Macclesfield Neighbourhood Policing Team 0845 458 6371
Police non-emergency number: 101
Other Homewatch pages of current relevance: Local
crimes in the Macclesfield Division including Bollington,
Kerridge and Pott Shrigley.
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