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Wilmslow West and Chorley police newsletter
March/April 2019


PCSO 22573 James Morris
Wilmslow West and Chorley
community officer

This month I have been giving attention to new-build property sites following the identification of a force-wide rise in thefts from such locations. Unsurprisingly, there are a large number of these sites in the ward ranging from individual refurbishments to large scale housing estates. I have carried out security reviews and provided contact information and crime prevention advice to ensure that the area is staying ahead of developments in crime.

The public consultation on the Wilmslow Parking Review, which was due to finish in the middle of March, has been extended, with a new deadline created of March 31st. The extension has been approved in order to increase public uptake, so I would urge anyone who has an interest in the parking situation of the town to submit views. To find out more about the review and how to take part in the consultation, please visit the website:
https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/car_parks_and_parking/parking-consultations/wilmslow-parking-review.aspx On 6th March I attended a public exhibition of the review at the United Reformed Church and I was pleased to see so many residents and commuters present. I have submitted a response to the review on behalf of Wilmslow beat management team and now I hope that a united effort by the community and visitors will produce the long-term parking measures that have been needed for such a long time.

Finally, you may be aware of a national discussion that has been taking place recently around knife crime. Although such incidents are rare in the Wilmslow policing area, Cheshire Police has been taking part in a national campaign to raise public awareness of the issue including by encouraging the reporting of relevant intelligence to police or Crimestoppers. I would like to reassure you that if you have noticed an increased focus on knife crime that this does not relate specifically to the Wilmslow area. More information on the campaign can be found here: https://www.cheshire.police.uk/news-and-appeals/news/cheshire-constbulary-to-participate-in-national-campaign-tackling-knife-crime/


This month's crime prevention tips focus on how you can prevent doorstep crime:
  • The Wilmslow West and Chorley ward can be attractive to bogus salespeople, especially with people claiming to be ex-prisoners offering to sell basic household goods, such as dusters
  • Doorstep salespeople will use various techniques to try and sell items or services and will be very persistent. This is to try and take control of the situation and, ultimately, your money
  • When faced with insistent sellers always make sure that you remain in charge, predominately by asking questions. If they give uncertain answers it is likely that they are bogus. Remember that you do not have to let someone into your house
  • If you are unsure about a person's legitimacy, always verify their identity: ask for ID (this should be of good quality, often with an official watermark) and study it carefully (make sure the name and company match up with the information they have given you). If in doubt, ask the person to leave
  • If a deal seems too good to be true it probably is: be wary of sellers offering unusually cheap products or services as these may be stolen, counterfeit, not delivered or substandard
  • To prevent people finding out information about yourself do not give personal information (name, address, bank details, email or phone number) to unknown people or organisations. Once you have finished with this sort of information make sure that you thoroughly destroy it, such as by shredding
  • Look out for your neighbours (particularly any who may be vulnerable to fraud) and offer support if they need help with someone at their doorstep
  • It is recommended to follow local police social media accounts and Cheshire Police Alert which provide information on known scams and suspicious activity circulating in the area. Suspicious people or vehicles should also be reported to police by telephoning 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800555111
  • For more advice visit www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/home-safety-and-security

How to contact the police:
  • Wilmslow Police Station helpdesk (open 9am – 5pm Mon to Fri, excluding Bank Holidays)
  • Telephone 101 for non-emergencies or 999 in an emergency
Police surgery dates (at Wilmslow Police Station):
  • 2nd April 11am – 12pm
  • 8th April 2pm – 3pm
  • 15th April 11am – 12pm
  • 23rd April 11am – 12pm
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