Thanks to GMP Urmston for joining Cllrs Joanne Harding, Jayne Dillon, Simon Thomas and me at our drop-in surgery recently.
It was good to have so many residents attend to hear from the police about how we can help them to tackle crime in our area. Officers explained that, although there has been an increase in burglaries in the area recently, it is not an enormous spike – last month we had 33 burglaries; the average would be around 28. Having said that, the police are taking a number of actions, including the use of drones to watch over our neighbourhoods, and special pouches will be issued free to car owners whose vehicles may be particularly prone to car theft, which prevent keys from being scammed. The police also actively monitor any known criminals who live in our area, and those recently released from prison.
Residents are asked to make sure any suspicions are reported direct to the police by calling 101 or on Livechat on the GMP website. Please don’t just post them on social media, as the police can’t pick up reports from social media sites such as Facebook.
We’ll be holding more of these surgeries for local residents. The next one will be on Saturday 23 March between 1 and 2 PM at George Carnall Leisure Centre.