Bolton has second worst car crime record in Greater Manchester

The Bolton News: Bolton has second worst car crime record in Greater Manchester Bolton has second worst car crime record in Greater Manchester

BOLTON had the second highest number of vehicle thefts in Greater Manchester last year, figures show.

Police received reports of 531 stolen vehicles in the borough between January 1 and December 31, 2013.

The police officially recorded 510 of these vehicles as being stolen.

These figures put Bolton behind only south Manchester in terms of the number of crimes on the police’s records and the number of vehicles stolen.

Just behind Bolton was Wigan, where 485 vehicles were stolen.

The Bolton News obtained the statistics from Greater Manchester Police using the Freedom of Information Act.

The vehicles stolen in Bolton included Porsches, BMWs, Land Rovers, Range Rovers and various Audi and Mercedes models.

One victim was Ian Walker, whose Land Rover was stolen on New Year’s Eve.

The incident was part of a succession of Land Rover thefts in Bolton last year.

Mr Walker, company director of Bolton Van Sales Ltd, said: “I’m very surprised that Bolton’s figures are so high — I don’t know why this is.

"I never would have thought that about Bolton, having lived here all my life. I like to think that it’s more secure than other places.

“People need to be extremely vigilant with their vehicles and keep a tracker on them.”

Ch Insp Mark Bell, from Greater Manchester Police’s Bolton division, said: “Over the last few months the teams have had a number of policing operations in place to address this concern.

“This has included joint initiatives with neighbouring divisions to tackle groups that have been stealing vehicles across Bolton and other parts of Greater Manchester.

"Over the coming months we will be carrying out more work to further reduce this area of crime.”

Mr Bell advised motorists to park in secure or well-lit areas, not to leave car keys on view in your home and to remove all valuables before leaving your car.

Vehicle owners can also register their valuables at immobilise.com and security-mark them with their postcode and house number or vehicle registration number.

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3:34pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Gore Seer says...

And I Thought The Police Were Beating Crime Weren't There To Many Bobbys On The Beat.
And I Thought The Police Were Beating Crime Weren't There To Many Bobbys On The Beat. Gore Seer
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3:48pm Wed 16 Jul 14

itsnotthatbad says...

Really surprised with this as I moved here due to its lack of crime and violence. I did originally come from South Manchester which came first though..... But I thought north and East Manchester would be on front as they always are well known for grafting cars or Salford superstars in the saabs.... Apart from being an immigrants destination of choice I still think it's relatively quiet. There's no Manchester fighting attitude and you are less likely to get burgled!
Really surprised with this as I moved here due to its lack of crime and violence. I did originally come from South Manchester which came first though..... But I thought north and East Manchester would be on front as they always are well known for grafting cars or Salford superstars in the saabs.... Apart from being an immigrants destination of choice I still think it's relatively quiet. There's no Manchester fighting attitude and you are less likely to get burgled! itsnotthatbad
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8:08pm Wed 16 Jul 14

mr.mark.c says...

Looking at the types of vehicle I would say they are Stolen to order by professional thieves/gangs and not opportunist joy riders.
Bolton as a whole is a very quiet place, just take a look at the articles in the BN, loads of non stories just to fill the pages.
Looking at the types of vehicle I would say they are Stolen to order by professional thieves/gangs and not opportunist joy riders. Bolton as a whole is a very quiet place, just take a look at the articles in the BN, loads of non stories just to fill the pages. mr.mark.c
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11:07pm Wed 16 Jul 14

pradagucci says...

Lol the only noise in Bolton is on here!!!!
Lol the only noise in Bolton is on here!!!! pradagucci
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12:41pm Thu 17 Jul 14

655321 says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
Looking at the types of vehicle I would say they are Stolen to order by professional thieves/gangs and not opportunist joy riders.
Bolton as a whole is a very quiet place, just take a look at the articles in the BN, loads of non stories just to fill the pages.
Indeed, cars made in the last 15 years or so are very difficult to steal by opportunists (with the advent of immobilisers, deadlocks etc) without access to the key. Certainly beyond your average low-life chavscum.
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: Looking at the types of vehicle I would say they are Stolen to order by professional thieves/gangs and not opportunist joy riders. Bolton as a whole is a very quiet place, just take a look at the articles in the BN, loads of non stories just to fill the pages.[/p][/quote]Indeed, cars made in the last 15 years or so are very difficult to steal by opportunists (with the advent of immobilisers, deadlocks etc) without access to the key. Certainly beyond your average low-life chavscum. 655321
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4:52pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Where'swally says...

pradagucci wrote:
Lol the only noise in Bolton is on here!!!!
PRADAGUCCI sounds like some knock off gear from cheetham hill...
[quote][p][bold]pradagucci[/bold] wrote: Lol the only noise in Bolton is on here!!!![/p][/quote]PRADAGUCCI sounds like some knock off gear from cheetham hill... Where'swally
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