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Estate is put on lockdown

Police officers during their briefing for  Operation Lockdown, which is aimed at cracking down on acquisitive crime on the Grange Park estate.

Police officers during their briefing for Operation Lockdown, which is aimed at cracking down on acquisitive crime on the Grange Park estate.

POLICE put a Blackpool estate under “lockdown” as part of a special operation to tackle burglaries and car crime.

More than 40 officers took part in Operation Lockdown in Grange Park yesterday.

Det Insp Becky Smith, who oversaw the 24-hour operation, said the action was aimed at reassuring residents and keeping crime figures on the estate low.

She said: “Crime isn’t particularly high on Grange Park but we cannot afford to get complacent.

“We have always got to keep on top of prolific offenders, and getting into the community and tackling these things head on is the best way of doing it.”

The operation involved uniformed officers carrying out road-checks, while plain clothes officers visited previous offenders.

Det Insp Smith said it instilled confidence in residents who live on Grange Park.

She said: “We have done a similar operation in Blackpool South so we know it is very successful in terms of offering reassurance to people who live locally.

“It definitely helps to reduce offences, which is really important to the local community.”

But Det Insp Smith claimed police cannot do it all on their own.

She added: “I would say almost 50 per cent of house and car crime happened because people leave their property or vehicles insecure. We can do our bit in targeting people but if people leave doors unlocked then crime will occur.

“A lot of offenders say they wouldn’t have even attempted to commit a crime had they not seen a car or a door unlocked.

“So don’t make it easy for them – lock up, it is as simple as that.”

 

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