Sgt Craig Blackburn came to last night’s Cheadle Area Committee, along with PCSO Natalie Brine and PCSO Kirsty Jackson.
Sgt Blackburn is new to the area, with six months Cheadle policing now under his belt. He told us that crime levels are similar to last year. There’s been an increase in burglaries in December and January (which seems to happen every year) and also a worrying increase in thefts from vehicles.
Many of these thefts are due to cars being left unlocked, so do remember to lock up.
Some residents have raised concerns with me about an electronic tool – available to buy on the internet – which allows thieves to unlock some BMW cars. Sgt Blackburn noted that few of the car thefts have been from BMWs and the tool (which apparently costs £800) has not been used in Greater Manchester as far as the Police are aware.
The drop in anti-social behaviour over the last few years is something that I’ve noticed as a councillor and the crime figures reflect – there’s some excellent partnership work between the Police and other agencies (including the Council) contributing to that and long may it continue.