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Police Offer Free Light Bulbs in Battle on Burglars
Thursday 22nd October, 2009

Police Offer Free Light Bulbs in Battle on Burglars

Police will be handing out energy-saving light bulbs and timer switches to residents living in burglary hotspots when the clocks go back this weekend.

The bulbs and switches will allow people in vulnerable locations to leave lights on overnight or when they are out, while keeping energy costs down.

This is the latest tactic being used by Operation Storm, Greater Manchester Police’s hard-hitting initiative to reduce burglaries and bring offenders to justice.

This clampdown led to 52 arrests across Wigan borough last week, and has resulted in 85 fewer burglaries between 1 April and 30 September this year compared to the same period last year.

Police say a key component of this success has been the information provided by the public on suspicious activity. Information submitted to Crimestoppers has increased by almost 10 per cent since Operation Storm began, and police are keen for residents to keep contacting them directly on 0161 872 5050 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Superintendent John McNeil, who is leading on Operation Storm in Wigan, said: “Through Operation Storm we have been targeting known offenders through covert surveillance, warrants and curfew and bail condition checks. Neighbourhood Policing Teams have also run high visibility patrols in hotspot areas and told people about measures that will decrease their chances of being burgled.

“These measures include shutting and locking all external doors and windows whether you are at home or not, fitting and using a burglar alarm and using lights on timer switches to deter burglars.

“Finally, I would like to assure the public that we will continue to target offenders by acting on all useful information provided to us, and with their help we can reduce burglary even more across the borough.”

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