RESIDENTS AND business owners picked up invaluable hints and tips on better protecting their premises at a first ever security exhibition at the Civic Hall in Uppermill.
A range of companies both local and national were on hand to offer security advice and information on protection devices.
They were joined by Sgt Neil Barker, new head of GMP’s Saddleworth neighbourhood policing team, and Paul Dearnley, the force’s crime reduction specialist.
The event was the brain child of Saddleworth Parish Council chairman Neil Allsopp following a spate of burglaries across the area in the first few months of this year.
Cllr Allsopp said: “I was delighted Saddleworth Parish Council was able to host the Security Exhibition.
“I would like to thank all of the companies and GMP who attended, giving valuable advice to the residents and business owners of Saddleworth.
“I hope those who visited found it useful in improving the security of their homes and businesses.
“If we all work together we can make Saddleworth a much tougher nut to crack!”
Royce Franklin, chair of Saddleworth Homewatch, was also at the event to encourage people to get involved with looking out for their own communities.
He said: “The public have always had an important part to play in helping police to detect and prevent crime.
“Drastic cuts in police numbers have put an even greater responsibility on communities to assist whenever they can.
“We had an encouraging number of people who attended the exhibition who expressed an interest in Homewatch.”