Updated: Friday, 6th December 2019 @ 8:37pm

Burglary warning issued to keep Manchester students' homes safe over Christmas

Burglary warning issued to keep Manchester students' homes safe over Christmas

By Rebecca Cohen

Greater Manchester Police are urging students to take extra measures before the Christmas break to prevent their property from becoming a burglary target.

Last year the number of burglaries in the student area was reduced down to 60, in comparison to 150 the year before, and 250 in 2009.

Police are keen to keep the figures down, and are doing leaflet drops in areas such as Fallowfield, Rusholme, and Withington to remind students of precautions that must be taken.

Inspector Andy Sidebotham, whose patch goes south from Mancunian Way to Withington, said: “250 burglaries are more than some areas get in a year – it’s disgusting.

 “The warnings seemed to work last year.

 “The message is really clear – take valuables home over Christmas, lock up student properties and close the blinds if you’ve got a TV on display.

 “It takes five minutes before you’re leaving, and it makes a world of difference.”

Students are a particular target for thieves, since each household typically has more than one laptop, mobile, and other electronic devices.

For those who will be continuing with their studies, Inspector Sidebotham reassures that patrols will still be happening in student areas over the festive period.

But for those who plan on leaving their rented accommodation, police have given advice that students should go ALL out to beat the thieves.

The ‘All’ message is a way of reminding students to put the alarm on, lock all doors and windows and leave a light on when leaving your property.

A further warning has also been issued for January, advising students to not leave cardboard boxes advertising electronic gifts outside their property, as this is a particular attraction to thieves.

Shereen Perera, a former student of the University of Manchester, was burgled in 2009 while she was living in student accommodation.

“I had over £500 worth of electrical items stolen while I was living in Withington,” she said.

“I am pleased to here the figures have gone down.

“I wouldn’t want anybody to have to go through what my house-mates and I were put through.”

Anybody that is affected by burglaries can ring Victim Support, a national charity that gives free and confidential support to those affected by crime.

To contact Victim Support ring 0845 30 30 900, or you can follow them on Twitter on @VictimSupport4U. 

To report crime call police on 0161 872 5050 or for more information visit www.gmp.police.uk