Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner has been meeting residents across west Warrington following a spate of targeted burglaries in the area.
A number of domestic properties have been targeted over the last few months by thieves attempting to steal family gold.
It is believed that the burglaries are being carried out by highly organised criminals who are travelling into the area to target properties that they believe are likely to contain gold.
Cheshire Police has increased its patrols in the Great Sankey, Chapelford and Penketh areas and David Keane joined officers from Warrington on patrol on both Friday and Saturday night.
He said: “I have seen firsthand the impact that the burglaries are having on the community and I want to reassure local residents that police are doing all they can to put an end to these crimes by trying to catch those responsible.
“It is my job to scrutinise Cheshire Constabulary and I am completely satisfied with their response to these incidents. There has been an unprecedented response by local officers with patrols increased in the area and officers on the ground providing reassurance to local people.
“Victims of the burglaries have been offered support from our victim support service, Cheshire CARES, and have been given advice around how to make their homes and valuables more secure.
“Furthermore, police are using intelligence and working with neighbouring police forces to try and identify the offenders.”
Superintendent Julie Westgate from Cheshire Constabulary, who is overseeing the investigation into the series of burglaries, added: “We are fully aware of the impact these burglaries are having on the local community and we are doing everything in our power to identify the people responsible, to bring them to justice and stop these burglaries from happening.
“We have set up a dedicated and committed team who are working tirelessly to gather intelligence. We are undertaking overt and covert opportunities to help prevent and detect these serious crimes.
“We believe the spate of burglaries in Warrington to be part of a wider national issue and we are working with regional forces as well as the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit.
“Over the last couple of weeks there has been an increasingly large policing presence around Warrington with officers from the fast response unit, roads policing, armed response, the dog unit and police community support officers deployed to patrol the area to provide reassurance to the community and deter these criminals.
“Local officers have also been meeting with residents to update them on the investigation as well as providing crime prevention and security advice.
“Our investigation is very much still ongoing with a determination to arrest the offenders involved and residents can be reassured they will continue to see a high policing presence.
“I would encourage anyone who has any information in relation to the burglaries or the offenders to contact us on 101. If you are a resident who has any concerns or questions please get in touch with one of your local officers.”
In addition to his patrols across west Warrington, the commissioner and representatives from Cheshire Constabulary met with members of the community, local councillors and representatives from Faisal Rashid MP’s office at Warrington Police Station to update them on the progress of the police investigation.
David added: “Police are doing all they can to track down the people responsible but I would urge local residents to be vigilant and to put in place a number of steps to protect their homes.
“From locking all windows and doors to ensuring valuable jewellery is insured and kept in a safe and secure place when it’s not being worn – small steps can help deter thieves.”
The commissioner will be taking part in further patrols in other targeted areas across Cheshire to provide further reassurance to residents in the coming days.