POLICE ARE urging local businesses across Saddleworth to be vigilant after a spate of commercial crimes since Christmas.
PCSO Wayne Turley told the Greenfield and Grasscroft Residents Association monthly meeting there has been an increase in local businesses targeted since the festive period.
“After Christmas crimes seem to be on the up, especially business burglaries, and Greenfield seems to be a hotspot at the moment,” he said.
Three Cancer Research charity boxes were stolen from Jill Stamford’s greengrocers on Greenbridge Lane, while Greenfield Cricket Club also fell victim to thieves.
Both Greenfield and Uppermill Conservative Clubs were broken into on the same night, while Muse and Betty’s Fish and Chip Shop in Uppermill have also been targeted.
PCSO Turley added that he is looking into setting up a business watch group in the area to help protect companies and deter burglars.
Meanwhile, PC Jon Marsden, speaking at the Saddleworth and Lees District Partnership a week later, added police have received numerous complaints about suspicious Eastern European males.
He said at leave five incidents have been reported in the last two weeks when the men have wandered into small shops asking questions of the staff and scouting around.
“It seems to be in hairdressers or smaller shops where there might be only one or two people working,” said PC Marsden. “But everyone should be on their guard.”
He added: “The new ANPR cameras have been a help with catching criminals.
“We’re getting lots of cars that have been stolen being picked up on them coming in and out of the area.”