BURGLARS are taking advantage of householders who keep their doors and windows unlocked.
Police say almost half of the burglaries committed in Blackpool and Fylde during the last two months happened because homes were left insecure.
Det Insp Becky Smith, from Blackpool CID, said: “A person’s home is often the biggest financial investment of their life and inside that home are the things that are most dear to them – sentimental items, valuable possessions, and of course their family and other loved ones.
“It seems unbelievable people would put these things at risk by not locking up when they go to bed or when they leave the house – and yet this was the case in 45 per cent of the burglaries that we were called to over the past two months.”
Seventy six homes were targeted because doors and windows were unlocked.
A property on Valentia Road in North Shore was burgled after thieves managed to get inside through an unlocked back door. A black LG television worth £250 was taken.
On Larbreck Avenue, Grange Park, burglars had the cheek to eat the homeowner’s leftover takeaway after entering the house through an insecure front door.
A HP Netbook worth £300 and a Louis Vuitton brown leather wallet worth £110 were stolen.
Residents are encouraged to keep doors, windows and side gates locked and use strong locks on sheds and garages.
Det Insp Smith added: “Burglary rates are low across the county, but it is disappointing to know that amongst those that have taken place, almost half could have been avoided through simple crime prevention measures.”