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Home Watch News Letter Bolton Central and Bolton West (12/09/12 – 25/09/12)

Our Official Website: www.Boltonhomewatch.co.uk

Email us on: Bolton.partnershipteam@gmp.police. uk


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1, – Operations update 2, – Bolton Central Overview 3 – 4, - Bolton Central Update 5, – Bolton East Overview 6 – 8, Bolton East Update 9, - Other News 10, - Letters of thanks 11, - Upcoming events/Police surgeries


Operation Thunder has got off to a cracking start with the first week seeing more than 800 arrests and almost £100K being seized from criminals under POCA. The early success is very much down to the hard work of divisional and specialist officers as well as Special Constables supported by police staff working hand in hand with local authorities and a wide range of other partners to bring to justice the criminals that are causing the most harm to our communities. Between 10 – 16 September we have:

Arrested 802 offenders for crimes involving theft and violence Served 92 search warrants that led to 13 cash seizures totalling £98,795 Visited 663 licensed premises, 133 scrap metal yards and 339 second hand shops • Made 541 home visits to collect 160 samples of DNA from suspected criminals • Made 1,483 home visits to persistent and prolific theft offenders Given face to face crime reduction advice to more than 7,000 residents • • • •


The Central Team have focused on ASB this period. Operation Lagerfeld has been running in Rumworth and focuses on reducing ASB in the area of Willows Lane. A media campaign has highlighted the issue of youth drinking and calls upon parents to ensure the safety of their children. A high number of officer’s will be patrolling this area taking positive action againt his weekend. In Halliwell Operation Korea continues in partnership with Bolton at Home. Occupants of Mere Gardens, Pryce Street and Osborne Grove have all been visited and officially warned about their behaviour. We understand the impact of ASB on local communities and will continue to work hard to counter this.


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Rumworth

There has only been one burglary this fortnight. Here the offenders attempted to force the UPVC window to gain entry but was disturbed by the victim returning home. The main issue this week was theft from motor vehicle. The majority of the offenses the offenders removed or smashed a window to gain entry. On one occasion the offender saw the victim drop her bag. The offender then took the bag and the car keys out of it to enter the vehicle removing items from within. Please ensure any house or vehicle alarms are set. These should deter criminals from entering your homes and or vehicles if they are activated.

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Town Centre

This past fortnight the biggest issue in the Town Centre has been theft from the person. The majority of the cases items have been taken from coat pockets without the victim knowing. Or the offender has bumped into them taking items from their bags. There has been two theft from motor vehicles, the first occurred in a taxi when the occupants reached through and stole the taxi drivers phone and wallet. The second account the offenders have removed the front and rear number plates from a vehicle. Now it's getting colder please be aware of placing items in your coat pockets. If they are large pockets that don't have a zip please don't place anything in these as they will be easy for pick pockets to take items from without you knowing.


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Halliwell

Not many burglaries to report, there has been one on Park Rd where the offender has attempted to remove two windows to gain access which failed so forced a window to gain entry. The other occurred on Clinton Close where the offender also smashes the window to gain entry. There has only been two motoring offences; one theft from motor vehicle where the offender has gained entry by smashing the window and removing items. There has also been a theft of motor vehicle where the victim accidentally left their house and car keys in the front door. The offender has taken the keys and also the vehicle. The above theft of motor vehicle could have been prevented if the victim had not have left their key in the front door. Please always ensure you check where your keys are when you enter the house.


Now that burglaries have been significantly reduced the team have been able to redouble energies on other issues. Large number of officer’s are working on Operation Leverhulme and are tackling ASB and underage drinking in Leverhulme Park. This is taken seriously and assisted by a licensing drive on local businesses. Operation Accrington has also returned which is our work to assist retail partners deter and arrest shoplifting offenders. If anyone is offered products likely to have been shoplifted it is important this is reported to us so we can react to make arrests. Finally a good news story, my officers whilst out on foot patrol in Sharples discovered a vehicle that arose their suspicions. Checks revealed this to be a vehicle stolen from a burglary with keys before the owner even knew it to be stolen. The return of the car and house keys was very much appreciated. This once again highlights the need to lock doors and not leave car keys lying around.


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Tonge Moor, Tonge Fold and The Haulgh

The main issue is burglary, we have had three this past fortnight. The first on Ainsworth Lane, the offenders removed a panel on the door to enter. The second on Crompton Way The offenders entered via an insecure rear window. The other on Eldon St the offenders entered via an insecure front door. There has been one theft from vehicle where the offender smashed a window to gain entry to remove items from within. Finally there has been one theft of motor vehicle. Here the offenders attended the victims address with means of buying the vehicle. The victim handed over his keys so they could examine the vehicle but the offenders made off in the car and never returned. Please ensure you never hand over your vehicle keys to a stranger. Make sure you open and unlock the doors if they want to look inside. Also always take the name and address of the person interested in buying your vehicle. Also always ensure your property is locked and secure especially when the house is empty and overnight.

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Breightmet North and South

There has been three burglaries. The first on Moffat Close the offenders forced open the front door to gain entry, taking items. The other two on Widcombe Drive and Breightmet Drive the offenders entered the properties via insecurities. There has only been two vehicle related incidents. They have both been theft from motor vehicles. The first the offenders smashed a window to gain entry and the second the offenders have forced entry. Also always ensure your property is locked and secure especially when the house is empty and overnight. This will prevent opportunist thieves from entering your homes.


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Bradshaw and Harwood

The only crimes to report this fortnight have been theft from motor vehicles. There have been 3 in total, the first one occurred as the offender smashed the window to enter the vehicle removing items. The other two happened via insecurities. Please ensure residents are locking and activating alarms on vehicles. If possible park your vehicle in a secure garage overnight.

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Bromley Cross

There have only been three crimes to report this fortnight and were all theft from motor vehicles. On all three occasions the offenders have smashed a window to enter the vehicle to remove items from within. Please ensure residents are locking and activating alarms on vehicles. If possible park your vehicle in a secure garage overnight.


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Astley Bridge

There have only been 2 crimes this week both vehicle related. The first; theft from motor vehicle occurred when the offender smashed the window of the vehicle to gain access. The other; theft from motor vehicle the offender has stolen the vehicle via unknown means. Please ensure residents remain vigilant with their home and vehicle security.

Crompton and Hall'ithwood Wood

There have been two burglaries to report this fortnight. The first on Ulleswater St was an attempted burglary. The offender attempted to remove the window but was disturbed by the victim coming home. The second: on Pimlott Rd the offenders forced the rear kitchen window to enter the premises. There have also been three theft from motor vehicles. The first the offenders took the front and rear number plates from the vehicle. The second the offenders smashed the window of the vehicle to gain access inside. The other, the offenders have removed a handbag from the passenger seat via unknown means without the victim noticing. Finally there has been one theft of motor vehicle. The vehicle was taken via unknown means. Please ensure residents are vigilant with home and vehicle security. Always ensure your windows and doors are locked overnight and when empty. Alarms when deactivated via offenders should serve as a good deterrent. Also ensuring your vehicle is locked and secure.


We have seen an enormous show of support from GMP colleagues and the community who took part in the vigil to remember Fiona and Nicola on Tuesday. Following conversations with both families and respecting their wishes, we now know that the funeral arrangements will be: PC Nicola Hughes will be on Wednesday 3 October at 1pm. Taking place at Manchester Cathedral.

PC Fiona Bone will be on Thursday 4 October at 10am,. Also taking place at Manchester Cathedral.


Please feel free to visit any of the places below to discuss any issues you may be having in your area. Your local neighbourhood officers will be there to offer advice and listen to any problems you may be having in your neighbourhood in the following drop in sessions: Bolton Central  2nd October, Neighbourhood Surgery, Morrison's, Mornington Rd, 15:00 – 16.00  2nd November, Neighbourhood Surgery, Co op, Chorley Old Rd, 16.00-17.00 Bolton East  Please speak to your local neighbourhood team to find out about police surgeries and events. Bolton West  1st Oct, Horwich Public Hall, Lee Lane, 16.00-18.00  4th Oct, Blackrod Library, Church St, 18.00-19.00  8th Oct, Horwich Public Hall, Lee Lane, 16.00-18.00  9th Oct, Westhoughton Police Post, Pavilion Square, 11.00-13.00 Bolton South  27th Sept, Asda, Burnden Park, 13.00-15.00  29th Sept, Asda, Brackley St, 13.00-15.00  1st Oct, Christ Church Hall, Mytham Rd, 18.30-20.00  1st Oct, New Bury community Learning Centre, 10.00-12.00

Home Watch K5 and K6 14th Sept - 28th Sept  

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