This time of year following Christmas we see an increase in House Burglaries where the offenders may use any of the following methods:
- Knock on on your door. If they don’t get an answer, they will go around the back of the house and force entry assured that there’s no one is in.
- Using garden tools- spades etc left in your garden or that of a neighbour, they will force entry by prising doors and windows open.
- They may simply pick up a rock and smash a window.
- They may be using vehicles however most of the property being stolen is small and easily carried off eg. jewellery, cash, computer tablets etc so it’s possible the offenders are on foot or bicycles.
- They will also look around and take keys and steal any vehicles that have been left outside the properties.
- Opportunists will try door handles in the hope that you’ve left your door unlocked. Please lock your doors even if you leave the house for a short period. Don’t make life easy for thieves.
These incidents can happen in the day or evening. If you see anyone you’re not happy with, if someone knocks on your door with no apparent motive or is suspicious in any way, make a note of their description and call the Police on 101 IMMEDIATELY.
Please make sure that you lock your garden tools away , don’t provide criminals with the means they need to break in to your house.
Leave lights on in the evening, use timer light switches and review your security. If you’d like a home security survey, give us a call.
[Appeal to trace victim of robbery in Stockport]
Police are trying to find the victim of a robbery after four men were seen on CCTV taking money and a phone from a man in Stockport town centre.
Shortly after 2am on Sunday 4 January 2015, four males were captured on CCTV approaching a man on Warren Street, Stockport town centre.
The images seemed to show the group forcing the lone man to hand over money and a phone.
A 14-year-old boy and 18-year-old male were subsequently arrested on suspicion of Robbery and bailed pending further enquiries.
Police are now appealing for the believed victim or anybody who may know who he is to come forward and assist with the investigation.
Detective Constable Chris Horsfield said: “Having reviewed the CCTV footage, we believe that this man may have been a victim of a crime and we are very keen to speak to him and find out what happened.
“As anybody who has experienced what we believe this man has will know, being robbed can be quite a traumatic experience and it is possible he may have spoken to a close friend or a family member about what happened.
“I would like to urge this man or anybody who knows him and may have spoken to him about what happened to please contact the police.”
Anybody with information should contact the police on 0161 856 5902 quoting ref 218 04/01/15 or alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.