‘Lock up or lose it’

Police have reported a rise in burglaries in summer.

Police have reported a rise in burglaries in summer.

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A detective who investigates burglaries in Blackpool is warning residents to “lock up or lose it”.

Det Sgt Steve Hallam, of the resort’s burglary team, said thieves have been deliberately targeting homes in the resort after they have been left open because of the recent good weather.

Homeowners in parts of South Shore and Hawes Side have particularly been targeted.

Det Sgt Hallam said burglars have simply been trying door handles or climbing in open windows to gain access.

As well as cash and jewellery, thieves have also been helping themselves to electrical items such as iPads and game consoles and other easy to carry electrical items.

Det Sgt Hallam, said: “We have seen a clear increase in burglaries in the Victoria and Hawes Side area of Blackpool, and this is simply because people have been leaving their doors and windows insecure.

“Many of these burglaries could have been prevented if the doors have been locked.

“Burglars are clearly taking advantage of the warm weather.

“Many of the reports we have received show thieves are taking easy to carry electrical items.”

Officers are now urging residents to make sure their homes and windows are locked while they are out.

Det Sgt Hallam said: “I urge residents make sure their doors and windows are secure whenever they leave the house. It really is a case of lock up or lose it.

“The more difficult it is for the burglar to get into your home the less likely it is you will be targeted.”

Residents in the Victoria and Hawes Side area of Blackpooi are now being urged to report any suspicious activity to police.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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