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Officers bring down metal theft
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Police in Wigan have helped reduce metal thefts in the town by 60 per cent in the last six months thanks to hard-hitting enforcement activity aimed at metal thieves.

Figures show that there were 125 metal thefts reported in Wigan between 1 April and 16 July 2012 compared to 313 in the same period the previous year which equates 188 fewer victims of this distressing crime.

In recent months neighbourhood officers supported by those from across the Force have been carrying out enforcement activities at scrap yards and with scrap metal dealers to tackle the transport and sale of stolen metal. The activity has come as part of Operation Alloy, Greater Manchester Police’s response to increasing metal thefts.

Inspector Philip James from Wigan Division, said: “This type of work is now part of everyday policing not only here in Wigan but across the Force and the fact that we have such positive results shows that this work is making a real difference. Operation Alloy is making life difficult for criminals trying to make a fast buck through stealing metal.

“As well as working with partners in the utility and transport industries to bring criminals to justice we are also working with scrap metal dealers to help them adopt working practices that will make it harder for offenders to off load stolen metals on them.

“We are working at a lot of different levels to make Wigan a hostile environment for metal thieves. People can help us by making their homes, businesses and community buildings less vulnerable to thieves by using security lights, fencing, alarms and good locks to keep thieves at bay.

“They can also help us by providing information about suspicious activity either directly to us on 101 the new single non emergency number or anonymously through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”