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Six and counting: Burglary toll begins in police campaign

There have been six burglaries reported in Lincoln in less than two days since the start of Lincolnshire Police’s campaign to tackle the issue.

The four-week Help Yourself campaign was launched last week, after 168 burglaries were reported in the city in under three months.

Some 36 hours after the campaign launch, six burglaries had been reported in Lincoln and the surrounding areas.

Burglaries reported to Lincolnshire Police between midnight on Monday, July 28 and early hours of Tuesday 29 are:

  • Kingsway, Nettleham – Insecurity
    On Monday July 28, offenders entered a property through an alleged insecure front door. They stole the car keys to a Honda Jazz, and left in the vehicle. (Incident 51 of 28/07/2014)
  • Dalderby Crescent, Nettleham – Insecurity
    Sometime between midnight and 9am on Monday, July 28, offenders stole a handbag after allegedly accessing the property via an insecure ground floor door. (Incident 116 of 28/07/2014)
  • Winn Street, Lincoln – Insecurity
    An iPad was stolen after offenders gained access, allegedly through an insecure front door, overnight on Monday July 28. (Incident 136 of 28/07/2014)
  • Moorland Avenue, Lincoln – Forced entry
    Offenders are believed to have forced open a back door of the property sometime between 1pm and 3.15pm on Monday July 28 and carried out an untidy search once inside. A quantity of jewellery was stolen. (Incident 279 of 28/07/2014)
  • Roman Pavement, Lincoln – Forced entry
    A ground floor window was forced open on Monday, July 28 and offenders took an iPhone that was within easy reach. (Incident 299 of 28/07/2014)
  • Leighton Crescent, Lincoln – Forced entry
    Sometime between 10am and 8pm on Monday, July 28 offenders forced open the front door of the property and carried out an untidy search once inside. Officers say it’s not clear what has been taken but a number of valuable items had been left piled up in one of the rooms. (Incident 464 of 28/07/2014)

Anyone with information regarding the incidents mentioned above is being asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on 101, quoting the relevant incident number.

Throughout the month police officers are taking to Lincoln streets armed with information flyers that will be put through doors or windows to properties that have been left insecure.

In addition, people can follow the progress of the campaign on social media, by using #HelpYourself and via the online Crime Calendar.

The calendar will be updated every 48 hours and will detail each burglary and location once it has been reported.

Stewart Brinn, Chief Inspector of Lincoln and West Lindsey, explained the motivation behind the campaign: “Over the last few months we have constantly been repeating our message to the public that if you leave your home insecure there is a very good chance you WILL get burgled. Sadly, it appears to have not hit home with some householders.

“It is simple – lock your windows and doors.

“We really hope that we will see a difference as a result of this awareness campaign and the number of burglaries where offenders have just walked in will drop and eventually tail off.