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The following email was received from Greater Manchester Police 23 April 2012;

There have been 4 thefts from motor vehicles in Saddleworth over the past week. In 3 of these incidents, the vehicles have been left insecure allowing the offender to simply open all the doors before taking items from within.

There are a few simple steps you can take to avoid becoming the next victim of vehicle crime.

  • Check your vehicle is locked before going to bed and the alarm is set if one is fitted
  • Select a safe and secure parking area
  • Avoid parking in side streets or areas with poor lighting and blind spots
  • Take all valuables out of your vehicle
  • Remove the CD or stereo fascia
  • Take all items out of your glove compartment and leave it open so thieves can see it is empty
  • Using a wipe, remove any marks left on the vehicle windscreen by sat navs.  Thieves will break in hoping that your sat nav is hidden in the vehicle.

For non-emergency calls or to report a crime call 101 or for more
information visit gmp.police.uk. Only call 999 in an emergency where there
is a threat to life or crime in progress.

You can also call anonymously with information about crime to Crimestoppers
on 0800 555 111.

To join E Watch see details below.

What is Home Watch?

Greater Manchester Police are committed to the concept of Home Watch, whereby residents and police co-operate in a joint venture aimed at reducing crime opportunities.

The basic objectives of Home Watch are to:

  • Reduce local opportunities for crime.
  • Establish a community spirit i.e. Looking out for each other and working together when confronted with community problems.
  • Inform the street co-ordinator and the police of any suspicious activity.
  • Encourage people to keep an eye on the more vulnerable people in their community such as the elderly and children.

If you are interested in starting a Home Watch scheme, the first thing to do is  establish the interest amongst your neighbours.

A good scheme has a co-ordinator for 8 to 10 houses.  A larger street, of up to 50 houses, ideally needs 5 co-ordinators.

The co-ordinator is the link between the residents and the local police. They  circulate information to residents eg. minutes of meetings and organise and encourage participation in the scheme.

If you get positive feedback to start a Home Watch group, please contact your Police Community Support Officers Kath Crompton and Monica Seville at Saddleworth Police Station and they will arrange to meet you and your group.

Monica and Kath will explain Home Watch in detail and present the pack that everyone receives when they join. They will also show a video and obviously answer questions.

Whilst the Police actively encourage starting up the group, it is fundamentally the members’ scheme and its success will depend on the enthusiasm of the co-ordinator and the residents.

Are you are interested in starting up a Home Watch group in your street?

Contact: Saddleworth Neighbourhood Policing Team

0161 856 4523 or 4524

Email: saddleworthandlees.npt@gmp.police.uk

What is E Watch?

E-Watch is an email system designed by the Saddleworth West and Lees Neighbourhood Policing Team. The purpose of the system is to provide residents with relevant monthly updates on local crime and policing issues.

This will include information about crime trends in your Community and updates of arrests and criminals brought to justice.

Your NPT will also inform you of any action we, along with our partners are doing to make your Neighbourhood safer, and of any local Police and partnership events taking place in your area.

We will also provide you with detailed information about your dedicated Neighbourhood Policing Team, and how to best engage with them.

We will correspond with you at least once a month, but we may circulate additional information if we feel it is in your interests, for example if there is a sudden increase in crime, or a noticeable decrease.

Your details will not be passed onto anyone else.

We have called this email system E-WATCH and your local NPT in Saddleworth and Lees will manage it.

All you have to do is send an email with your address and contact number and “E-Watch” in the subject to:

 saddleworthandlees.npt@gmp.police.uk

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