Monday, November 20, 2006


Homewatch - prevent burglaries

Local Lib Dems received some alarming figures today showing a large number of burglaries in Prestwich in the last few weeks. Prestwich has fairly low crime in comparison to other areas of Greater Manchester, so it's bad news that there has been a rise in burglaries of late.

We are working with the local police and fellow residents to try and crack down on the problem. There are Homewatch groups available for all residents to join, and the Watch Scheme Administrator for Bury (Keith Middleton) can be contacted on 0161 856 8174.

There are lots of things you can do to lower the risk of becoming a victim of crime. Making sure that you remain vigilant and secure your property is crucial. The police have great tips to help lower the risk, and they can be found here (although for some reason this document seems to be made exclusively for the people of Belfast!). There is also a detailed guide to home security here.

If you are worried about crime, or have been a victim, please contact the Police or us. The number for the local Police station in Prestwich is 0161 856-4532. The Police Station in Prestwich is at Fairfax Road (turn off Bury New Road where Marks and Spencer is). Or, if you'd like a response in a non-emergency call the police on 0161 872 5050. Or of course, in an emergency ring 999.

And remember, if you take precautions the chances of being a victim are actually very low. And the Liberal Democrats locally are working with Police to make sure it's even lower.


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