Break in alert for resort pubs and takeaways

Police have issued a warning to licensees
Police have issued a warning to licensees
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Pub bosses in Blackpool are being warned to take extra precautions following a string of break-ins in the resort.

The alert has been posted by officers from the South Shore neighbourhood policing team who are concerned by an increasing number of burglaries.

Officers say a number of business premises have been targeted but did not wish to identify individual pubs.

A number of take aways have also been targeted by late night raiders.

And officers are keen to ensure owners not only take steps to keep out burglars but also ensure equipment designed to capture evidence is working.

A Blackpool Police spokesman said: “Landlords and owners of local public houses and take aways need to be vigilant when securing their premises.

“In the last month there has been an increase in burglaries over night at business premises in and around the Bloomfield Ward.

“Business owners need to ensure that their CCTV is working and all windows and door are locked at night.”

Officers have already had some success in tracking down those responsible for the raids.

However they believe pubs and takeaways can still do more to help prevent crime.

A spokesman said: “We have made a number of arrests in relation to the burglaries but we want to make sure people are doing everything to prevent them becoming a victim.”

In February raiders smashed their way into The Autioneer pub in Lytham Road.

The burglars smashed their way in through a glass pane at the back of the building in the early hours before stealing money from slot machines.

Since then a number of other incidents have been reported to police.

In February the area around Bloomfield Ward had the highest concentration of burglaries in Blackpool.

There were 75 reported burglaries in the area according from the crime map.

A further 45 incidents were recorded in the town centre and north of the resort.

Eight burglaries were reported in the Squires Gate area with nine reported in Marton.

The figures contrast markedly with those for January during which the majority of burglary incidents were focused on the north of the resort with only 30 reported in the Bloomfield area.