Residents in Lancashire are being warned to take extra care and lock their doors and windows now the warmer weather is here.
During the summer months, police often see a rise in burglary as people are tempted to leave their leave windows and doors open during the day and into the evening.
Police will be patrolling local neighbourhoods offering crime prevention advice to local residents and officers will be handing out leaflets to residents in hotspot areas.
Officers are urging residents to lock the doors and windows of their homes and cars and to report anything suspicious.
Detective Inspector Vinnie De Curtis said: “We tend to see a seasonal rise in burglary and theft during the summer months due to people leaving their windows open as they go to bed at night.
“An open window or door can often be an invitation to thieves who are then able to get into people’s homes without causing a disturbance.
“This isn’t just about reducing burglary. It’s about reducing the upset and distress that comes with having a stranger in your home ransacking your private things and taking not only your valuables but items that are very personal and irreplaceable.
“The same message applies to cars – remove valuables from the car and get rid of any signs – such as suction marks on the windscreen or MP3 cables – that show that valuables have been in the car as a thief may assume you have stored them in the glove box. People who do leave their cars insecure also risk invalidating their insurance as some companies may refuse to pay out if people have left them unlocked.
“I urge local residents to be extra vigilant over the summer months and to report anything suspicious.”
Police have issued the following advice to help people avoid falling victim to thieves;
– Keep the front and back doors of their homes locked and windows closed at all times.
– If windows are open keep them on the latch so that they cannot be opened further from outside.
– Fit a door chain and use it whenever you answer the door to an unexpected caller.
– Keep side gates locked.
– Use a strong lock on sheds, garages and other outbuildings.
– Consider fitting outdoor security lighting.
– Keep an eye on neighbouring properties and if you see anything suspicious contact police.
Anyone with information or concerns can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.