Cranage residents urged to remain security conscious Date published: 6th June 2017 2.30pm

Officers from Crewe Local Policing Unit are urging residents in the Cranage area to remain security conscious after a number of incidents in the local area.

Shortly after 3.00am today, Wednesday 6 June, officers were called to reports of suspicious activity in the Needham Drive area of Cranage.

On arrival at the scene officers found a numbers of sheds and outbuilding had been broken into by unknown offenders. Investigations into the incidents are currently on-going and we are following a number of lines of enquiry.

Detective Constable Kevin Williams said: “Following the incidents overnight it’s really important that residents remain vigilant and security conscious. This applies not only to your home but your car, shed, garage and any other outbuildings that you own.

“It is imperative that these are kept safe and secure – otherwise you run the risk of them being targeted.

“Don’t leave yourself vulnerable to opportunist thieves, so please take the time to check you have taken all of the necessary security measures.”

Residents are urged to take a few simple security steps at home:

  • Make sure all your doors and windows are locked and secure
  •  Consider using a timer to set your lights and radio to come on while you’re out 
  • Don’t leave valuables including purses, handbags and car keys on display or near external doors 
  • Consider security marking valuable items with your house number and postcode with a UV pen, or mark it using property marking kits which consist of a traceable liquid to forensically mark valuables
  • Ensure that garages and sheds are locked with strong padlocks and, ideally, fitted with an alarm
  • Consider installing outside lights - dusk till dawn lights with a low wattage bulb will give a constant light when needed. They switch on as it gets dark and turn off when it gets lighter.

Detective Constable Williams added: “We need the continued support of the local community in tackling this type of crime. I would urge all local residents to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity in their area to the police immediately.

“If you see anyone acting suspiciously or any suspicious vehicles please call us on 101 and report it.”

Anyone with any information in relation to the incidents overnight is asked to call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 73 of 6 June2017. Information can also be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.