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Thieves targeting resort’s vehicles

Inspector Jason Richardson

Inspector Jason Richardson

Vehicle crime in Blackpool is on the rise compared to previous years.

Police are warning motorists to lock their vehicles and remove valuables in a bid to tackle the upward trend in thefts in the resort.

There has been a steady rise in the number of stolen vehicles and items, including satellite navigation devices and handbags, taken from inside unlocked vehicles.

South Shore has seen the biggest rise, with 100 more offences recorded this year compared to the same time last year.

Blackpool town centre has witnessed a rise of around 40 vehicle crimes year on year, although police have noted a fall in offences recently.

Insp Jason Richardson, said: “If motorists are leaving their possessions on show or their vehicles insecure, they really are making themselves a very easy target for thieves.

“Please don’t make it easy for these thieves to make you a victim.

“Thieves will exploit every possible opportunity, and so, we all have to do everything we can to make it as difficult as possible for them.

“It takes a matter of seconds to lock your vehicle and put your possessions out of sight, and will save you a lot of upset and expense in repairs and replacing your items, as if you can’t show you’ve taken steps to protect your vehicle and the possessions stored in it, you may not be able to claim on your car insurance.”

Police have also warned that insurance policies often do not cover items taken from unsecured vehicles.

Blackpool Police are currently coming to the end of a three-month operation to tackle burglary in the resort by targeting known suspects and carrying out high visibility patrols.

Lancashire Police has published a series of tips to help residents avoid becoming a victim of crime.

The information is in the Help and Advice section of its website – www.lancashire.police.uk

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