East Lancashire increase in burglaries warning

First published in News

POLICE are urging residents to be vigilant after an increase in burglaries.

It comes after homes were targeted in Clitheroe and Clayton-le-Moors.

Det insp Eric Halford said that between March 1 and 25, there had been 10 burglaries in the Ribble Valley town, compared with none during the same period in 2013.

The burglaries happened in Balmoral Avenue, Primrose road and Chatburn Road during the night or early morning.

The officer said: “Items stolen during the offences has varied and the offenders do not seem to be targeting any specific type of property as up to now they have taken jewellery, computer equipment and power tools.”

In Clayton-le-Moors, burglars have been targeting residents’ car keys then stealing their vehicles from outside.

Det insp Halford said: “The offenders are taking advantage of people leaving their doors unlocked or their car keys within easy reach of the letter box.

“This month alone we have had six similar offences to this in comparison to none this time last year.

“As such we would urge people to be vigilant and make sure they lock their front doors, even when they are at home.

“It only takes a second for someone to reach in and take your keys from the hallway.

“I would also urge people to ensure they keep their car keys well away from the front door area.”

The detective added: “We would also appeal for anyone who has been offered property for sale in the street, at their door or in local public houses to also come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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10:57pm Sun 30 Mar 14

mmickk says...

theft 1st offence 1 year prison term
2nd offence 3 year prison term
3rd offence 5 year prison term
4th life and no ifs or buts or sob stories theft is theft the scum do not deserve freedom.
theft 1st offence 1 year prison term 2nd offence 3 year prison term 3rd offence 5 year prison term 4th life and no ifs or buts or sob stories theft is theft the scum do not deserve freedom. mmickk
  • Score: 6

9:38am Mon 31 Mar 14

crusade to find the truth from the brown stuff says...

Think main line of that report that stands out is fact that most if the crimes are through unlocked doors?! No real sympathy if people don't lock their jobs, people have a misguided opinion that living in a nice area is safer, WRONG, nice area will attract criminals for rich pickings! Ppl should stop having a pop at cops when they are making it easier for thieves, ppl need to take action for their own home security. When they do get caught these ppl they should get jail terms of min 5 years and stop the pathetic community sentences handed out like judge Lunt does weekly
Think main line of that report that stands out is fact that most if the crimes are through unlocked doors?! No real sympathy if people don't lock their jobs, people have a misguided opinion that living in a nice area is safer, WRONG, nice area will attract criminals for rich pickings! Ppl should stop having a pop at cops when they are making it easier for thieves, ppl need to take action for their own home security. When they do get caught these ppl they should get jail terms of min 5 years and stop the pathetic community sentences handed out like judge Lunt does weekly crusade to find the truth from the brown stuff
  • Score: 8

9:56am Sat 5 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Is it not the police who need to be more vigilant ?!!
Is it not the police who need to be more vigilant ?!! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 1

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