Burglars target local homes during coronavirus crisis

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Burglars are continuing to target homes in Cheshire despite the current coronavirus crisis, particularly in the Macclesfield area.

In the space of a week police received reports of 50 residential burglaries across the county including 16 in the Macclesfield area which includes which covers - Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Congleton, Knutsford, Macclesfield and Poynton.

Criminals have targeted sheds, outbuildings and garages stealing valuables from inside.

There were also 10 incidents reported in Warrington and eight in Chester – with a further 16 reported across the rest of the county.

Residents are being urged to think about security in their home to reduce the chances of falling foul of thieves.

Superintendent Richard Rees said: "Despite the current lockdown, which is aimed at people staying at home to help save lives and protect the NHS, it is clear that thieves are still targeting homes in Cheshire.

"Criminals adapt to situations and will still find ways to commit crime even during difficult times like this.

"We need everyone to ensure they are thinking about security at home. During this period people are spending a lot of time out in their garden and clearing out their garage or shed and I'd encourage you to remember to keep them locked and secure.

"Even if you don't think a burglar would target your home, it's not worth the risk."

Officers are carrying out patrols in the local community anda number of enquiries in a bid to trace those responsible.

Residents are advised to follow the safety advice below:

• Check outbuildings, sheds and garages are locked and secure
• Keep windows shut when unoccupied
• Keep personal items such as bikes and gardening tools stored away and out of sight
• Invest in strong padlocks to fit to sheds and/or garages or have them fitted with an alarm

If you have been a victim of a burglary please report it by contacting Cheshire Police on 101 or visiting https://www.cheshire.police.uk/

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Mark Russell
Thursday 23rd April 2020 at 11:32 am
So we not have people out and about, yet we get speeding cars and motorbikes breaking speed limits. We get people removing car park blocks and now criminals breaking in.

What are the police doing? There should be zero criminality at the moment as the police can stop and talk to anyone to ask why they are moving around. (Let’s not forget they know who these burglars are as it’s the same scum bags breaking in)

At least they will be all over Twitter/Facebook etc with their lights flashing while clapping tonight.

This is a disgrace and where is the police and crime commissioner? Who is doing what?
Pete Taylor
Thursday 23rd April 2020 at 11:41 pm
So, burglaries are down then, compared to "normal times"?

As a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for Fulshaw Park I'm somewhat dismayed by the press releases from Cheshire Police. OK; so your "media department" is "working" from home but...

I share Mark Russell's concern.

I continue to question what value the Police and Crime Commissioner's role, foisted upon us by Mr Cameron, after a jolly-trip to the USA, has done to improve the, increasingly-expensive policing which we pay for.

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