We are appealing for information and offering security advice after a series of burglaries in Gainsborough.
In the last 24 hours we have had five reports which we are investigating. We believe the offences have been committed from early evening onwards with offenders taking advantage of the longer nights.
Incident 334 of 28 November at Elsham Walk. Offenders have smashed a rear window but were disturbed by the homeowner. It's not believed anything was stolen.
Incident 374 of 28 November at Stirling Close. A rear patio door was smashed but nothing stolen.
Incident 377 of 28 November at the Avenue. A rear window was smashed but nothing believed stolen.
Incident 66 of 29 November, also at the Avenue. A rear door was smashed to gain entry to the property and a safe was stolen.
Incident 395 of 28 November at Marlow Road. A rear door was forced and jewelry stolen.
We would like to appeal to anyone who has witnessed anything relating to these crimes. We are also asking local residents to review private CCTV, doorbell and dash board cameras which may have captured footage to help the investigations.
We know that thieves often target homes where it looks like no one is in. There are some simple steps you can take particularly with lighting, as the nights draw in. You can find information and advice on security lighting here. This includes tips such as using light timers and external lighting. You can also find information in our Home Security section including advice about alarms and CCTV.
Insp Gary Brockie said, "We take matters like this very seriously. The impact these offences have on victims, when personal space is invaded and property stolen, can be severe. It's upsetting and inconvenient at any time of year but particularly now, in the run up into the festive period."
If you have any information or footage that could assist our investigations, please contact us in one of the following ways - please add the relevant incident number from the list above.
If you’ve been the victim of crime, support is available, whether you have reported the crime to the police or not. Victim Lincs provide free, confidential advice and guidance, as well as access to specialist emotional support services. Visit www.victimlincs.co.uk or call 01522 947510 Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm.