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Police leave footprint in potential crime scenes
Tuesday 2nd August, 2005

During summer when people tend to leave their doors and windows open, police officers will be leaving their footprint in homes across Wigan and Leigh to encourage residents to lock up and stop burglars.

This new initiative will involve police officers and police community support officers delivering footprint flyers to homes that they feel are at
risk from sneak-in burglars. The aim is to remind residents how easy it is for burglars to gain access to insecure properties and how they can simply prevent it from happening by ensuring they lock their doors and windows at all times.

Across Greater Manchester, 1 in 5 burglaries happen due to insecurities such as open or unlocked doors and windows and this figure tends to increase during very warm weather.

Lisa Mogan, Crime Reduction Advisor for Wigan and Leigh said: "We have worked extremely hard to drive down domestic burglaries across Wigan and have achieved a 23.1 per cent reduction over the last year (April 2004 to March 2005). To ensure that this success continues, we need the public's help by removing the opportunities for burglars.

"Sneak-in burglaries can happen when people are simply relaxing in their gardens, asleep or just elsewhere in their home, completely unaware a crime has taken place. We want people to enjoy the warm weather and light evenings but to remember that it only takes seconds for burglars to sneak-in through an open or unlocked door and window. This is simply prevented by people locking them and not making it easy for burglars."

Other Forces including West Midlands Police and Derbyshire Constabulary have successfully used the flyers.

Anyone who is concerned about home security issues or would like additional crime prevention advice should contact Lisa Mogan or Adrian Dolphin, Crime Reduction Advisors on 0161 856 7262 or 0161 856 7320.

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