Shoppers warned over thefts at Gemini, Alban Retail Park and Tesco

Shoppers at Tesco on Winwick Road were warned

Shoppers at Tesco on Winwick Road were warned

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POLICE sent 76 letters to car owners who left valuables on show during an operation to tackle theft at retail parks.

Cheshire Police carried out Operation Androy over the Christmas period.

Figures just released show that 76 letters were sent which warned the owner to take greater care to avoid falling victim to theft.

Sgt Gordon Jack, of Warrington West NPU, which covers Penketh, Great Sankey, Cuerdley, Bewsey, Whitecross, Dallam, Burtonwood, Westbrook, Sankey Bridges and Whittle Hall, said: “The number of letters sent out regarding items left on display shows the value in running an operation to raise public awareness of this issue.

“I think this is the most striking result from the operation.

“We have certainly received positive feedback from the letters and from the stores themselves.”

The operation was carried out on Gemini Retail Park, Alban Retail Park and Tesco Extra on Winwick Road.

Two thefts from cars were reported on Gemini, and one report of shoplifting.

There were also three incidents of people driving off without paying for petrol at the retail park on Europa Boulevard.

Four reports of shoplifting were made at Tesco Extra, where one bike was also stolen.

And police said two cars were wrongly reported stolen on Gemini, after owners had forgotten where they parked.

Sgt Jack added: “I am pleased that we have had no reported thefts of purses or wallets within any of the stores and no reported vehicle crime on either Alban Retail Park or Tesco Extra.

“In terms of going forward, I will consider widening the scope of future operations to cover other retail areas if resources allow.”

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9:57am Mon 13 Jan 14

old-codger says...

You would think that in todays climate people would take more care of what they have worked and saved for, If its out of sight then it is out of mind, Its not just what gets stolen, Its the damage they do to get into the car.
You would think that in todays climate people would take more care of what they have worked and saved for, If its out of sight then it is out of mind, Its not just what gets stolen, Its the damage they do to get into the car. old-codger
  • Score: 7

9:59am Mon 13 Jan 14

Daz@SankeyviaOrford says...

Whilst a good thing. It seems a lot of effort for what is not actually much of a problem. On the other hand burglary is on the increase so police should have spent more time on the beat on the residential areas. Not wondering round cat parks making notes. .
Whilst a good thing. It seems a lot of effort for what is not actually much of a problem. On the other hand burglary is on the increase so police should have spent more time on the beat on the residential areas. Not wondering round cat parks making notes. . Daz@SankeyviaOrford
  • Score: -3

10:47am Mon 13 Jan 14

The Maestro says...

Daz@SankeyviaOrford wrote:
Whilst a good thing. It seems a lot of effort for what is not actually much of a problem. On the other hand burglary is on the increase so police should have spent more time on the beat on the residential areas. Not wondering round cat parks making notes. .
I think they walked around car parks not cat parks. But shops open of a day time so they properly did target burglars of a night time when shops were shut, and I did see things about that on their Facebook page
[quote][p][bold]Daz@SankeyviaOrford[/bold] wrote: Whilst a good thing. It seems a lot of effort for what is not actually much of a problem. On the other hand burglary is on the increase so police should have spent more time on the beat on the residential areas. Not wondering round cat parks making notes. .[/p][/quote]I think they walked around car parks not cat parks. But shops open of a day time so they properly did target burglars of a night time when shops were shut, and I did see things about that on their Facebook page The Maestro
  • Score: 1

11:11am Mon 13 Jan 14

MAD 4 IT says...

POLES !!!!!
POLES !!!!! MAD 4 IT
  • Score: 0

11:51am Mon 13 Jan 14

Daz@SankeyviaOrford says...

The Maestro wrote:
Daz@SankeyviaOrford wrote:
Whilst a good thing. It seems a lot of effort for what is not actually much of a problem. On the other hand burglary is on the increase so police should have spent more time on the beat on the residential areas. Not wondering round cat parks making notes. .
I think they walked around car parks not cat parks. But shops open of a day time so they properly did target burglars of a night time when shops were shut, and I did see things about that on their Facebook page
Thanks for pointing out the typing error. More recently burglaries in the day time are at an all time high. Particularly in the twilight hours of the day. The increase reported locally is astounding and that is why I think the police should spend more time on policing residential areas instead of walking round cat parks and car parks . :)
[quote][p][bold]The Maestro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Daz@SankeyviaOrford[/bold] wrote: Whilst a good thing. It seems a lot of effort for what is not actually much of a problem. On the other hand burglary is on the increase so police should have spent more time on the beat on the residential areas. Not wondering round cat parks making notes. .[/p][/quote]I think they walked around car parks not cat parks. But shops open of a day time so they properly did target burglars of a night time when shops were shut, and I did see things about that on their Facebook page[/p][/quote]Thanks for pointing out the typing error. More recently burglaries in the day time are at an all time high. Particularly in the twilight hours of the day. The increase reported locally is astounding and that is why I think the police should spend more time on policing residential areas instead of walking round cat parks and car parks . :) Daz@SankeyviaOrford
  • Score: 5

11:57am Mon 13 Jan 14

The Maestro says...

Daz@SankeyviaOrford wrote:
The Maestro wrote:
Daz@SankeyviaOrford wrote:
Whilst a good thing. It seems a lot of effort for what is not actually much of a problem. On the other hand burglary is on the increase so police should have spent more time on the beat on the residential areas. Not wondering round cat parks making notes. .
I think they walked around car parks not cat parks. But shops open of a day time so they properly did target burglars of a night time when shops were shut, and I did see things about that on their Facebook page
Thanks for pointing out the typing error. More recently burglaries in the day time are at an all time high. Particularly in the twilight hours of the day. The increase reported locally is astounding and that is why I think the police should spend more time on policing residential areas instead of walking round cat parks and car parks . :)
I agree with you and I've seen them give away crime prevention items to help with the problem- got some myself. Christmas shoppers are easy targets too with all the expensive goods left in the car why burgle the house when you can easily go and break into the car with the items you nick from the house?
[quote][p][bold]Daz@SankeyviaOrford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Maestro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Daz@SankeyviaOrford[/bold] wrote: Whilst a good thing. It seems a lot of effort for what is not actually much of a problem. On the other hand burglary is on the increase so police should have spent more time on the beat on the residential areas. Not wondering round cat parks making notes. .[/p][/quote]I think they walked around car parks not cat parks. But shops open of a day time so they properly did target burglars of a night time when shops were shut, and I did see things about that on their Facebook page[/p][/quote]Thanks for pointing out the typing error. More recently burglaries in the day time are at an all time high. Particularly in the twilight hours of the day. The increase reported locally is astounding and that is why I think the police should spend more time on policing residential areas instead of walking round cat parks and car parks . :)[/p][/quote]I agree with you and I've seen them give away crime prevention items to help with the problem- got some myself. Christmas shoppers are easy targets too with all the expensive goods left in the car why burgle the house when you can easily go and break into the car with the items you nick from the house? The Maestro
  • Score: 1

1:41pm Mon 13 Jan 14

fedster says...

MAD 4 IT wrote:
POLES !!!!!
no mad 4 it thats decathlon or outdoorworld you need for them mate they do all sorts of tent poles
[quote][p][bold]MAD 4 IT[/bold] wrote: POLES !!!!![/p][/quote]no mad 4 it thats decathlon or outdoorworld you need for them mate they do all sorts of tent poles fedster
  • Score: 2

11:26am Tue 14 Jan 14

Nick Tessla says...

MAD 4 IT wrote:
POLES !!!!!
Are you extending your Father Jack (from "Father Ted") impression - f***, drink girls!

Or is the outburst unconnected with the story and the result of the idea of such objects just gets you excited.

Paging Dr Freud!
[quote][p][bold]MAD 4 IT[/bold] wrote: POLES !!!!![/p][/quote]Are you extending your Father Jack (from "Father Ted") impression - f***, drink girls! Or is the outburst unconnected with the story and the result of the idea of such objects just gets you excited. Paging Dr Freud! Nick Tessla
  • Score: 4

11:31am Tue 14 Jan 14

MAD 4 IT says...

POLES MEANS "POLISH"
POLES MEANS "POLISH" MAD 4 IT
  • Score: -1

2:19pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Nick Tessla says...

MAD 4 IT wrote:
POLES MEANS "POLISH"
Beanz Meanz Heinz


You carry on polishing your pole as much as you want dear
[quote][p][bold]MAD 4 IT[/bold] wrote: POLES MEANS "POLISH"[/p][/quote]Beanz Meanz Heinz You carry on polishing your pole as much as you want dear Nick Tessla
  • Score: 4

7:04pm Tue 14 Jan 14

old-codger says...

OMG, They are not all in Winwick, I sometimes wonder about my fellow human beings. Polishing tent poles would be an ideal job for MAD. Maybe he could take up camping in outer Mongolia. No internet over there.
OMG, They are not all in Winwick, I sometimes wonder about my fellow human beings. Polishing tent poles would be an ideal job for MAD. Maybe he could take up camping in outer Mongolia. No internet over there. old-codger
  • Score: 1

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