Warning after car break-ins crime spree

Coun Stuart Keane
Coun Stuart Keane

A CRIME spree in Golborne has led to a warning for local people from a ward councillor.

Police are investigating 10 incidents of cars being broken into mainly in three specific areas of the town.

Opportunist thieves have spotted satellite navigation units inside or computer lap tops left on rear seats and taken the chance to snatch them.

Areas most affected have been Walthers Green Crescent, Ashton Road and the Millingford Avenue estate.

And Labour’s Coun Stuart Keane - who lives in nearby Dale Road - said that he was anxious to remind residents to make sure car doors were locked when they parked up for the evening and to not leave windows open.

He also reminds home owners not to leave anything on display inside the car that could tempt criminals, especially valuable but easily disposed of valuable items.

And if anyone sees anything suspicious, it should be reported to the police.

Coun Keane said: “There have been approaching a dozen thefts in a short period of time I have been told about, which have been a mixture from cars and sheds and the items stolen have included laptops, mobile phones, sat navs, cordless drills and other electrical items.

“There has also been an occasion when fuel was stolen from a car.

“People need to be more vigilant and make sure they do not leave valuables on display and lock doors and windows on their property securely.”

Golborne and Lowton West Neighbourhood Police Team today backed the councillor’s warning by urging residents to secure their vehicles and remove valuables following a spate of vehicle crime in the area.

Neighbourhood Police Team’s PC Chris Clarke said that patrols have been increased in the area and added: “I would ask all residents of Golborne to ensure vehicles are locked overnight and all valuables are removed.”

• If anyone witnesses any suspicious activity call non-emergency number, 101, or 999 if a crime is in progress.