25th October 2010
Halloween initiative 'could help reduce insurance claims'
Residents in Greater Manchester might be relieved to hear that a police initiative has been created to help prevent burglaries this Halloween.
Officers will be visiting previous offenders' homes with a view to reminding them not to return to past behaviour that may have resulted in an insurance claim for the victims.
Operation Treacle will be carried out over the coming weeks to reduce the number of break-ins, reports of antisocial behaviour and shops selling fireworks to underage customers.
Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson said: "Darker nights provide opportunities for would-be burglars and many people will be going to Halloween or Bonfire parties and leaving their homes empty."
He recommended residents leave a low-energy lightbulb lit to make the property look occupied.
What's more, a total of 23 perpetrators have been arrested on suspicion of burglary in the Pennines thanks to a "successful" initiative by Greater Manchester Police, which will now continue into next year as a result.
Posted by Penelope Fitzgerald
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