EXASPERATED residents are calling for CCTV to be brought to their neighbourhood after their streets were struck by yet another act of crime.
Following recent robberies in Saltney at Corbett's in Victoria Road, and Threshers and the post office in Chester Street, worried inhabitants are asking for heightened security.
But the city's CCTV manager says it may be some time before Saltney is considered for the provision.
The latest incident occurred at the post office on Monday morning, while staff were preparing to open for business. Two masked men broke into Saltney Post Office, Chester Street, and made off with an amount of cash.
Shocked, but uninjured, the staff managed to escape from the premises.
The offenders left the scene in a red K-Reg Astra Saloon, which was later recovered in Green Lane, Lache, by the railway line.
Meanwhile, members of the community have been left asking 'what went wrong?'.
Les Parkinson, landlady of The Brewery Arms, Chester Street, said: 'Saltney is not as safe as it was. They should never have closed the Lache post office, making Saltney more of a target.'
One resident, who did not wish to be named, added: 'Everybody feels the same. Saltney used to be a nice village, what happened to it?'
Saltney town councillor Thomas Walker will be asking for CCTV to be discussed at the next meeting of the council.
'I've lived here all my life but Saltney to me is a rabbit burrow - there's that many alleyways that someone escaping can run down. The police come along and have to leave their car to follow them. I am particularly concerned about the night-time - when the darkness comes.'
He said the council has explored the possibility of blocking some alleyways to force pedestrians to use main roads.
'I came in last Thursday night and two youths ran behind me and down an alleyway. When they had gone I turned around and the temporary traffic lights weren't working - they'd bowled them over and left them on the ground. I'm sorry for the police, they don't stand a chance at all, it's a very bad situation,' he said.
He is urging residents to come to council meetings and take greater participation in the running of their neighbourhood.
'I wouldn't say Saltney has gone downhill but we are lacking in interest from the public,' he said. 'We have local elections coming up but members of the public don't turn up to meetings to see what's going on. I wish they would take more interest in the community - it'd be a far safer place.'
CCTV manager Peter Johnson says part of Saltney does fall under Chester City Council's remit.
However, it is not one of the areas currently being considered to be part of the extension of the network.
He says difficulties with transmission of images to the control room will have to be over-come before the issue is explored.
However, events may force the council to reconsider.
'If we become aware of an area becoming a repeat victim of crime then we would naturally look at that area,' said Mr Johnson. 'It's not the quantity of crimes but it can also be the severity. One or two incidents of armed robbery is cause for concern but it depends on circumstances. Saltney is not an area we have looked at but because of recent activities that may change.'
Cheshire Police are appealing for any witnesses who were in the vicinity of the post office, Saltney, and Green Lane between 7.10am and 8.45am on Monday morning.
Anyone who may have seen a K-Reg Astra should contact DC Mick Byrne on 01244 613131 or the confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555 111.
Saltney Town Council meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.15pm at Oddfellow's Hall, High Street, Saltney.