Three burglaries were reported in Lincoln between August 17 and August 21, with thieves entering homes through insecure windows in all cases.

Laptops, cash, a mountain bike and a mobile phone were amongst the items stolen.

The incidents were:

  • Boundary Street, Lincoln – Insecurity
    It is believed that offenders gained access to the property on August 17 via either an insecure rear ground floor door or a first floor bathroom window. A number of items were left at the back of the property, thought to have been stored there for later collection. Nothing was stolen as occupants returned home. Incident 411 of 17/08/2014
  • Cecil Street, Lincoln – Insecurity
    Sometime between 8am and 3.30pm on Wednesday August 20 an offender or offenders is believed to have accessed the house via an insecure rear window. Clothing, cash, a mountain bike, a laptop and charger lead were all taken. Incident 471 of 20/08/2014
  • Sandra Crescent, Washingborough – Insecurity
    Sometime between 4.30pm on August 19 and 3pm on August 20 an offender or offenders has gained access to the property via an insecure window. A laptop and mobile phone were taken. Incident 270 of 20/08/2014

The result comes from the force’s current Help Yourself campaign in Lincoln, which highlights to residents the importance of securing their homes from potential thieves to help lower the recent spike in burglaries.

Properties in urban areas are leading the market recovery in Lincolnshire, according to new research.

Data collected by Savills estate agents shows homes in commuter locations and school areas have seen the most growth.

The market reached a turning point last summer and positive quarterly price growth has been seen every quarter since.

Rupert Fisher, residential director at Savills Lincoln, said: “The prime housing markets across the UK all saw positive annual price growth in the year to June 2014, rising by 5.7% on average.

“While price growth in the East Midlands was slightly more subdued at 4.3%, this is the strongest year-on-year growth since mid 2010.”

According to the research, 75% of buyers in the East Midlands work in local cities and towns.

Due to this, places that have an easy commute or are close to highly regarded grammar and private schools have become increasingly popular.

Rupert added: “For those wanting to commute to London from our county, the value gap between the two locations is large enough that you can retain a property in the capital.

“With the current pound per square foot in the East Midlands averaging £170 for prime property compared to £1,200 in London, it is evident how far your money will go.”

Prime properties in cities and towns in the East Midlands have seen annual growth of 4.8%, leaving their values — 9.4% below the 2007 peak, while properties in rural locations  still remain -15.8% below peak.

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