Police across Manchester are to step up patrols over the Christmas period following a sex attack on a 20-year-old woman last month.
A number of sexual attacks have been reported throughout Greater Manchester in the last few weeks, including the reported rape in the Sale area on the 19 November.
Shortly before 3am, the victim was raped near School Road.
Detective Inspector Jane Curran said: “We do not want people to be alarmed. To try and address their concerns, extra patrols have been visible on the streets at night.”
Recent statistics show that out of the 43 English Police authorities, Greater Manchester has the fourth highest reported crime incidents of a sexual nature.
They are ahead of other large neighboring forces such as Merseyside and Lancashire.
Overall this year, there has been a reduction in violence against the person crimes within Greater Manchester.
The latest Neighborhood Survey reveals that there are 1,477 fewer victims of crime overall within Trafford and assaults are being dealt with.
Chief Superintendent Mark Roberts of Greater Manchester Police’s Trafford division supported the recent figures and said: “Not only are we reducing crime, we are also reducing the fear of crime, meaning that people feel safer.”
He said that residents can rest assured we are determined to cut crime even further, there are many challenges but we remain committed to reducing all types of crime.
Lisa Collier of Brookland Road, Sale believes violence has been affected through the increasing numbers of younger people drinking on the streets.
She said: “I hadn’t heard about the rape in Sale but it doesn’t surprise me. I have stopped going out, I wouldn’t go out on my own now, I’m always nervous and I don’t feel safe anymore.
"I think you should be vigilant wherever you go. I don’t think Manchester City Centre is even safe anymore.
"I have seen more police around Sale in the last couple of weeks and now I know why, they should be here more often, especially in the early hours at a weekend as women are getting targeted at their most vulnerable-when they’re drunk.”
GMP works closely with St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre to encourage the reporting of these crimes as many victims are reluctant to report some offences.
One former inspector said many attackers are known by their victims and people going out drinking more around holidays like Christmas and New Year may affect the crime rates because of the influence of alcohol on people’s inhibitions and perception of their own behavior.
He said: “People should try to make sure they stay in groups and don’t make themselves vulnerable.”