Spike in burglary and vehicle crime in Rochdale, say police

Date published: 26 January 2021

There has been an increase in burglary and vehicle crime in Rochdale since Christmas, Rochdale Police are warning.

In an update on social media, PC Chadwick warned that the current method of choice is to use “lock snap and lock burn tools” to gain entry and steal cars.

He added: “The car of choice appears to be Ford Fiestas or high powered vehicles.”

PC Chadwick then offered the following crime prevention advice:

  • Use light timers to make your house look occupied
  • Lock all windows and doors and set your burglar alarm
  • Consider driveway security like a security bollard or CCTV
  • Lock your vehicle every time you leave it and remove personal items
  • Keep keys safe, out of sight, away from open windows and out of reach of hook and canes
  • A steering or wheel lock can be enough of a deterrent to stop a thief
  • Invest in a faraday bag - they are lined with metal material and can block the key's signal
  • Consider the use of a padlock on patio doors
  • Upgrade your door lock
  • Invest in a tracking device - it won't stop your vehicle being stolen, but it can significantly increase your chances of police locating and returning a vehicle to the rightful owner

If you see anything suspicious ring 101; if a crime is in progress ring 999.

Information about anyone you suspect of being involved in the recent spate of crimes can be reported anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.

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