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Burglary Falling Across Wigan Borough
Thursday 5th November, 2009

Incidents of burglary are falling across Wigan borough thanks to Operation Storm, Greater Manchester Police’s ongoing campaign to tackle burglary.

There were 35 fewer incidents during the period 28 September – 25 October 2009 compared to the previous four weeks, a significant drop of 32 per cent.

Figures also show that between 1 April and 25 October 2009 there were 147 fewer incidents compared to the same period last year, a reduction of almost 16 per cent.

Chief Inspector Jacqueline Pendlebury of Greater Manchester Police’s Wigan Division said: “It’s important to remember that when we talk about a reduction in incidents, what we’re actually talking about is fewer victims of crime – real people in other words.

“Burglary is a crime that can have a devastating impact on victims, and we are determined to keep targeting offenders to get them off the streets. I would urge the public to continue to call us with information on 0161 872 5050, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Police are giving the following advice to residents to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of burglary:
  • get an alarm fitted and use it every time you go out or go to bed

  • lock all external doors and windows whether you are at home or not

  • leave lights on when you go out or use timer switches to operate lights and radios

  • register all valuables for free at immobilise.com as doing so will increase the chances of any stolen or lost items being returned

Police across Wigan borough are now committed to delivering the Policing Pledge, giving people a clear minimum standard of service they can expect from their Neighbourhood Policing Teams.

They are asking residents for their input to ensure that the service is focused on the needs of local communities and addresses the issues that matter most to people. Find out more at gmp.police.uk/pledge


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