Officers across the force investigating an increase in lock snap burglaries share advice on crime prevention
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Across Greater Manchester, officers are seeing a rise in lock snap burglaries in recent weeks, where offenders break the barrel of locks to gain entry. Police are keen to give out prevention advice to assist members of the public in learning how they can protect themselves and their property from this type of offence.
Superintendent Chris Foster who leads Operation Castle, GMP’s force wide burglary operation, said: "We need the public to be aware of their personal safety and the security of their property.
“We remain focused and vigilant in the fight against burglary, and our dedicated proactive teams across districts in Greater Manchester continue to prevent and reduce this type of crime.
"Whilst we are seeing an overall reduction in the volume of burglaries committed in Greater Manchester over the last two years, it is imperative we continue to spread prevention advice to reduce these numbers even further.”
To help us help you, follow GMP’s top tips to protect your home from lock snap burglaries:
You can add additional locks to existing patio and French doors for extra security.
Look to upgrade your euro cylinder locks to an anti-snap cylinder lock with a three-start rating under TS 007 or an anti-snap cylinder which has a solid secure diamond standard.
Consider improving door handles and replace them with two-star rated handles conforming to TS 007.
Use a reputable lock replacement company preferably with a Master Locksmiths Association accreditation (www.locksmiths.co.uk)
Fitting cheap sash jammers to your doors have also been proven to prevent burglaries. (Please check this won’t invalidate any warranty on existing doors before fitting).
Greater Manchester Police can be contacted via gmp.police.uk or 101.
Information about crime can also be shared anonymously via, the independent charity, Crimestoppers on 0800 555.
Anyone with information should contact police or Crimestoppers, anonymously.
In an emergency, always dial 999.
Operation Castle is GMP’s response to burglaries in Greater Manchester. Created in July 2021 the force committed a pledge to the Government to send an officer to every domestic burglary across Greater Manchester. The operation continues to have a clear focus; to attend promptly to burglaries, conduct full investigations, develop initiatives to tackle repeat offenders, and to protect victims from being repeatedly targeted, whilst assessing the impact on victims and producing clear and thorough prevention advice to the public.