Police warning after spate of thefts and burglaries thr

Residents in Stockport are being warned to keep their windows and doors secure and valuables out of view.

Throughout May in Stockport East, 27 out of 48 theft offences were recorded where offenders have stolen items from vehicles due to the doors being left unlocked or the windows left open. Items stolen include laptops, mobile phones and sat navs.

In 11 out of 25 house burglaries the offenders gained entry through open or unlocked doors and windows. Officers say that garden sheds are also targeted at this time of year and a higher percentage are through insecurities.

Sergeant Jim Wilson from the Stockport East NPT said: “Neighbourhood officers are patrolling hot spot areas at key times and we are conducting bail checks and home visits on our most prolific offenders.

“To combat burglary and vehicle crime we really need the support of the public. They can support us by joining Home Watch and making sure they are not an easy target for thieves.

“Remove valuables from display in cars and most importantly make sure they are secure when leaving them unattended. When at home people should make sure they close and lock their windows and doors, even if they are just going out of the room to make a quick cup of tea. It only takes an opportunistic burglar a few seconds to enter an insecure property and steal valuable items.”

People can contact police with information on 101, the new national non-emergency number.

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers is an independent charity that will not want your name, just your information. Your call will not be traced or recorded and you do not have to go to court or give a statement.

© Greater Manchester Police 2018