Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Students warned: lock up your valuables

Lancaster police are warning students to keep their homes secure following a recent rise in the number of burglaries at student accommodation.

Over the last 23 days there’s been a 90 percent increase in the number of homes being targeted in the City - and three quarters of properties targeted were insecure student accommodation.

Laptops are one of the most popular items targeted by opportunist thieves, who will quickly take advantage of unlocked or insecure doors, or open windows.

“When somebody breaks into your home and steals your things it can leave you feeling extremely vulnerable and nervous," notes Detective Inspector Simon Dent. "Students are sometimes an easy target because they have all the latest expensive technology but often leave their properties insecure.

"Lancashire Constabulary is determined to keep people’s homes safe and we want to let thieves know that this will not be tolerated.

"I would urge all students in Lancaster to keep your property safe and secure at all times. As the weather is starting to get warmer take extra care to make sure that windows and doors are locked whenever you leave the house.

Many students will be heading home soon for the summer and I would urge them not to leave expensive items in empty properties for a long amount of time.”

To report a burglary please contact Lancashire Police on 101 or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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