IT IS official – houses in Stalybridge are more likely to be broken into on a Wednesday between 5pm and 7pm.
For official figures have revealed when the highest incidents of burglary take place.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) revealed their own statistics in a report for the planning application for new apartments in the town centre by social housing group Mosscare.
They also raised concerns about a possible way in and out for criminals on Back Melbourne Street.
GMP’s report, in a crime impact statement, says there are a limited number of residential dwellings in the area, resulting in relatively few incidents of burglary.
But it found that during the week, the risk peaks on Wednesdays and is lowest on Fridays and it peaks in the early evening from 5-7pm.
The report says: “At these times, offenders can often observe which residents are away from home and attempt to gain access without fear of being disturbed.
“Front doors were the most frequently targeted entry point in residential burglaries, which were forced open with bodily pressure or the locks forced with tools.
“Doors and windows were also targeted when left insecure by residents.”
But while police found the rate of domestic burglaries (incidents per 1,000 dwellings) in the local area is 71 per cent lower than the average rate for Tameside and 70 per cent lower than the average rate for Greater Manchester, the number of recorded woundings was two thirds higher than both.
The report adds: “Over the last 12 months, there have been 284 recorded crimes in the local area.
“The most frequently occurring offences have been less serious wounding and criminal damage (primarily to vehicles).
“The site lies within Stalybridge town centre – where there is a concentration of retail, commercial and licensed premises, leading to a concentration of crime and disorder issues.
“The majority of the violence in the local area has taken place in the evening and during early hours of the morning, with a higher volume of incidents typically experienced on Saturday and Sunday — when more people visit the town centre and attend licensed premises — leading to conflicts.”
The rate of criminal damage is two per cent higher than the average for Tameside and three per cent lower than Greater Manchester.
The stats for vehicle crime show it is almost half the average for Tameside and the average rate for Greater Manchester.
Despite the mixed news, officers said there were many good features of the planned development but highlighted one particular area of concern.
They see Back Melbourne Street, which runs between the site and the back of shops on Melbourne Street as one area that criminals may be able to exploit.
The GMP study says: “Such open routes to the sides and rear of properties can often lead to nuisance and anti-social behaviour issues and can leave legitimate users intimidated or vulnerable, particularly after dark.
“Adjacent properties can also often be vulnerable to unauthorised access, as they can provide easy access/escape routes that benefit from little/no natural surveillance.”
They also proposed solutions to the car park area and main communal doors to the blocks.
They continued: “The proposed car park should be fitted with an automatic vehicular gate/s to prevent unauthorised access to the parked vehicles and the sides/rear of the block, where they could be attacked unseen from the street.
“The vehicular gates should be controlled by resident fob, both on access into and egress from the car park. Any pedestrian gates should also be self-closing and fob-controlled on access and egress.
“The main communal entrance to the building, as with all external doors, must be security-certified to an appropriate standard.
“There should also be a robust access control system for visitors and a secure system for the delivery of post that ensures access to all floors of the building is not required.
“As proposed, the cycle storage area will be enclosed with high walls that provide a secure enclose, but impede surveillance over the area somewhat.
“It is highly recommended that at least the eastern elevation of the cycle store is formed by railings, to allow the area/parked cycles to be overlooked from the building itself.
“Integrated, risk-commensurate security measures aim to place secure physical barriers or surveillance in the path of the criminal — making crime harder to commit and raising the risk of detection and possible capture, as well as promoting a feeling of safety in residents and visitors.”