Police issue warning warning after burglary spike

Police have issued a warning after a spate of burglaries. Photo mocked up by Lincolnshire Police
Police have issued a warning after a spate of burglaries. Photo mocked up by Lincolnshire Police

Police have warned residents to be on their guard and secure their back gardens in a bid to stop a spate of burglaries in the borough.

Officers say there has been a rise in the number of raids on homes in the past month – with 10 within just one week up until last Thursday.

The offences have taken place across the borough – with properties targeted in Swineshead, Wyberton, Fenside and Fishtoft – but they show no particular pattern when it comes to time of day or method of entry.

However, police stressed burglars prefer to force their way into homes around the back where they can commit their crimes unnoticed. In some cases garden ornaments or heavy objects have been used to smash windows.

A force spokesman told The Standard: “Burglars prefer to force entry to properties at the rear as there is less chance of anyone seeing them. Think about how vulnerable your rear garden may be and consider whether there is more you could do to prevent anyone gaining access to the back of your house.

“Do you have good, strong fencing and gates which are kept locked? Do you have motion-sensor lighting which will light up and prevent offenders working under cover of darkness?

“Make sure you haven’t left any tools or objects lying around that a burglar could use to force entry to your home or break a window.

“Lastly, do you look out for your neighbours and do they look out for you?

“Always report any suspicious activity when you see it and remember that burglars don’t like Neighbourhood Watch areas and will avoid targeting communities where the residents are vigilant.”

To sign up to crime updates visit www.lincolnshirealert.co.uk or call 101 for advice.