Operation to Tackle Village Burglaries

Police are urging county villagers to be vigilant and to report suspicious activity after a series of burglaries.

The warning comes after a number of burglaries in Long Bennington, Claypole, Caythorpe, Dry Doddington, Branston, Washingborough and Bassingham. These offences tend to take place between 5pm and 11pm at the weekends and usually when the occupants are out.

The offender or offenders break in and normally steal cash. This type of offence has been taking place sporadically for a number of months and a dedicated operation has been set up to tackle it.

Patrols of beat officers have been stepped up in the affected villages and local residents have been given crime prevention advice by local PCSOs.

DI Suzanne Davies said a significant amount of work was being done behind the scenes, but that the public had a vital role to play.

“As ever, we need residents to work with us to tackle this issue,” she said.

“The early reporting of suspicious activity really helps us in terms of taking swift action to make arrests.

“People living in these areas can help us in a number of ways. For example, these burglaries are generally happening when the occupants are out, so it is possible offenders are knocking on doors, or scoping out houses before they make their move. So if you get any unsolicited callers, or you see any strange vehicles hanging around your road then call us immediately. Try and jot down descriptions of people and vehicle registration numbers – these are really useful to us. Please do not worry about giving us insignificant information, if you think something is suspicious in your neighbourhood then give us a call.”

Residents are also being asked to consider ways of making their houses look occupied when they are out. Cheap timer switches for lights are available from DIY shops and residents can also leave something like a radio on to generate some sound in the house.

Anyone with any information can Call Lincolnshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 115 of April 25, or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on: 0800 555 111.

Updated: 1st May 2012 at 14:46