Police promote Operation Treacle in Farnworth ahead of Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night celebrations (From This Is Lancashire)
Police promote Operation Treacle in Farnworth ahead of Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night celebrations
POLICE officers and firefighters took to the streets on Saturday to promote the relaunch of Operation Treacle across Greater Manchester.
The annual operation urges people to take extra care over Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night — traditionally times when crime and anti-social behaviour rates rise.
An assortment of leaflets and advice was given to shoppers outside Farnworth’s Home Bargains store on October 19.
Neighbourhood officer PC Ian Roby said: “Basically we’re just saying to people to use fireworks safely and keep their homes secure.
“With the days getting shorter, and the clocks going back soon, there is always a bit of an increase in incidents at this time and people must do all they can to guard themselves.
“If one person avoids a burglarly or getting a sparkler in their eye, or something like that, then days like today are worth it.”
Using fireworks safely was a key message put out by the police, fire officers and PCSOs in Farnworth, with the website safe4autumn.com providing a list of safe, authorised public firework displays across the region.
One such display is on November 1 from 8pm at Leverhulme Park in Bolton.
“Trick or treat” leaflets to be displayed on doors were handed out to help reduce unwanted Hallowe’en callers — one side welcomes callers, the other politely apologises and tells people they are not welcome.
General burglarly advice, in particular to older people, was also given, focusing on leaving a light on at home while you are out, making sure all windows are closed and keeping valuables out of sight of windows.
Shoppers were also encouraged to register their mobile phone’s unique IMEI code with police, so the owners of stolen phones can be found easily when the devices come into custody and suspects can be linked with particular thefts.
“We’ve been pleased with the turnout and we’ve got away with the weather for the most part, which is good,” added PC Roby.
“Having the fire engine here, and a trick or treat bucket with sweets, has caught the kids’ imagination and helped families stop and chat to us which is great.”
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