West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has today met with the Police, Dalton Parish Council and local residents who have recently been subjected to a spate of armed burglaries across the parish.
In the past two weeks alone, there have been numerous instances of burglaries, with CCTV images capturing groups of people wearing balaclavas and some carrying knives.
Residents were disappointed with the initial Police response, in some cases their calls had been routed to Greater Manchester Police rather than Lancashire.
However, Lancashire Constabulary have been able to confirm that calls do sometimes re-route to the nearest available operator when lines are busy locally, and that incidents are still relayed to local teams immediately, and they are increasing their activity in the area.
Rosie Cooper MP commented:
“Concerned residents in Dalton are understandably nervous following a recent spike in burglaries in the area so I was pleased to be able to meet with them and Police today to understand some of the issues.
“The Police have assured residents and me that they have covert operations ongoing and have stepped up patrols across the parish increasing their visibility to prevent further incidents and be on hand for immediate reaction should there be any further alarm raised.
“Police are also now carrying out door-to-door visits to reassure residents of their presence and provide direct contact details and will also be carrying out vehicle stopchecks.
“Residents are also being encouraged to sign up to the Constabulary’s ‘Lancashire Talking’ where residents can have greater input into neighbourhood policing priorities lancashire.police.uk/lancashire-talking.”