Residents on burglary alert

Burglar trying to break into a house
Burglar trying to break into a house
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BISPHAM residents have been put on burglary alert following a spate of break-ins.

A specialist team of police officers have been tasked with investigating the burglaries in Ingthorpe ward to see if they can link the crimes to the same offenders.

Brazen burglars have been targeting properties on streets, including Pinewood Avenue and Kincraig Road, during the day and early evening.

Police officers have now posted letters advising residents to be on their guard.

Det Insp Becky Smith, from the Serious Acquisitive Crime team in Blackpool, said: “Detectives are investigating a number of burglaries within the Ingthorpe ward area of Bispham over the past couple of months. “They have primarily taken place during the day and early evening and a specialist team of officers is looking to identify any common links.”

A boiler was taken from a warehouse on Kincraig Road in Bispham just before 10am on February 24.

And thieves stole jewellery, a camera and cash from a house on Strathyre Close.

Local councillor, Kath Rowson, today urged residents to be vigilant.

She said: “There have been quite a number of burglaries in the area.

“People I have spoken to who have been burgled say it’s not just about them having their possessions being stolen – but that they feel violated. It is horrible.

“It doesn’t harm to be reminded there are people out there who want to make a few swift pounds and aren’t concerned about who they hurt.”

The warning comes as police revealed 1,161 burglaries in Lancashire – 27.1 per cent – between January and December last year were committed as a result of people leaving their homes insecure.

In western division - which covers Blackpool and Fylde – 301 or 34 per cent of all burglaries happened because of residents leaving their doors or windows open and in northern division, which covers Wyre and Lancaster, the figure was 137 or 25.2 per cent of all burglaries.

Det Insp Smith added: “We are urging local residents to follow simple crime prevention advice to help reduce the risk of becoming a victim, including ensuring all windows and doors are secure, keeping valuable property out of view and making use of security devices such as alarms if available.

“Residents are encouraged to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the police.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.