Lincoln police warning after burglaries surge in Castle and Minster wards

Lincolnshire Police are warning Lincoln residents of the dangers of insecurity after an increase in Castle and Minster Ward burglaries last month.

Throughout November, a number of burglaries were reported and items stolen included laptops, handbags, a car and a racer bike.

The incidents included:

  • Incident 156, November 9 – an attempted burglary to a garage on Troutbeck Close where the lock was damaged beyond repair. No access was gained and the offender left empty handed
  • Incident 62, November 10 – an attempted theft from motor vehicle where a rear window was smashed and an untidy search of the vehicle was made.
  • Incident 33, November 12 – a burglary on Williamson Street where an offender reached through an open window and took two handbags that were left on the interior window ledge.
  • Incident 175, November 13 – a burglary on Wickenby Crescent where offenders broke the lock off a shed. Nothing was stolen.
  • Incident 125, November 13 – a theft from motor vehicle where a Garmin satnav was stolen along with its charger and vehicle documents.
  • Incident 131, November 15 – a burglary on Deansleigh where an offender entered the property via an unlocked rear door and stole a wallet and a set of car keys. The offender then used the car keys to steal the car.
  • Incident 64, November 16 – a burglary on Winnowsty Lane where a white MacBook 2008 edition was stolen. Also stolen was a red “Bessie” handbag containing a purple purse that had £100 and various cards within.
  • Incident 64, November 17 – a shed burglary in Hampton House where 30-40 low energy light bulbs, a white Tesco landline phone, a grey/black answerphone, a shovel, 50 tealight candles along with various other items were stolen.
  • Incident 38, November 24 – a burglary on Troutbeck Close where a HP Laptop black with white inside, a pink Murphy Richards iron, Technic Boom Box Radio/CD/iPod player in black and silver, 48” Samsung smart TV, Samsung DVD player that was boxed and unopened, portable DVD player in black, a pair of green Asics trainers, a navy Trespass Coat and 3 copper cooking pots were stolen.
  • Incident 231, November 25 – a garage burglary on Bruce Road where a sliver Dawes Sonoran Hybrid Racing Bike was stolen.

Police officers are advising residents to ensure all windows and doors are locked.

The force said in a statement: “Do not leave keys in the lock or near the door and do not leave ladders or tools in the garden as offenders often use these to gain entry to their targeted property.

“Reduce your chance of your house being a target as a property in darkness is a clear sign that nobody is at home, using a timer switch to switch on a light when you are away from your property for a couple of days is a good deterrent.”

Anyone with information regarding any of the above incidents, should contact Lincolnshire Police on telephone number 101 and quote the relevant incident number.