SNEAKY thieves have made the most of residents’ lax security by creeping in through unlocked doors.
In the last week there have been a spate of incidents in the Bloomfield Road and Waterloo Road area of Blackpool – and now police are warning residents to be on their guard.
Police do not believe the thieves are deliberately targeting properties when the residents are at home, but said it is an “opportunist” crime being carried out by burglars accessing properties through the area’s back alleys.
Insp Matt Wilmot, geographic inspector for Blackpool South, said: “We do not think the offenders are specifically looking for houses where the occupants are in, this is an opportunist crime based on unlocked doors and items to steal being in easy reach.
“We would far prefer for these crimes to be prevented by householders being alert and taking basic security steps.
“We ask the residents of the residential streets between Bloomfield Road and Waterloo Road to keep their valuables such as mobile phones, wallets or handbags hidden from view of the front or back windows and to be extra careful about locking their doors.”
The warning comes during Lancashire police’s month-long burglary crackdown – and just days after Insp Jason Richardson, geographic inspector for Blackpool central, warned residents in that area the police were struggling to crack down on break-ins because of the number of properties being left unlocked.
Officers in the resort have also urged residents to tighten security by ensuring they always lock cars and vans after a spate of vehicle thefts and break-ins.
Anyone who sees anything suspicious is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.