Officers launch burglary crackdown in Cheshire East in run-up to Christmas

Cheshire Police
Cheshire Police

IN the run-up to Christmas, Cheshire Police has launched a crackdown on criminals intent on stealing from houses in Cheshire East.

The operation will see officers taking part in a series of initiatives to apprehend burglary suspects, with a particular focus on those thought to be involved with recent spates of high-value burglaries in the eastern side of the county.

Detective chief inspector Mark Whittaker, who is leading the operation, said: “Over recent weeks we have seen a number of burglaries in the eastern area of the county and we are committed to doing all we can to identity those responsible.

“As part of this we will be running an operation in the run-up to Christmas which will involve a number of plain clothed detectives, uniformed response officers and the Roads Policing Unit who will be deployed to key locations.

“Our neighbourhood officers will also continue reassurance and will be out and about on the streets.

“As well as increased patrols, we’re also working closely with Greater Manchester Police, Staffordshire and Derbyshire to tackle cross border criminals and share intelligence.”

As part of the operation, officers are also encouraging residents to play their part by reporting suspicious activity and ensuring that their homes are kept secure.

DCI Whittaker added: “Burglaries are a particularly distressing crime to deal with at any time of the year, but even more so at Christmas.

“While we undertake our crackdown on those responsible for these distressing crimes, we would also urge you to stay vigilant and use our advice and guidance to help prevent burglary in your neighbourhood.”

Some advice from police to best keep your home safe includes:

• Make sure that all windows are closed and locked, even when you are at home or in the garden. 
• Use the security measures on modern windows, which allow them to let some air in but still be locked.
• All external doors should be always secured, even when you are at home.
• Keep all valuables out of sight and ensure that large amounts of cash are never kept in the home.
• Always use a chain if you are unsure of the identity of visitors to your home when answering the door – or similar 
• Fit CCTV cameras or video doorbells to help deter offenders.
• It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on your neighbourhood and report any suspicious activity to police.