Monday, 1 July 2013

Police warn students again as thieves target their accommodation

Lancaster police are again warning students in the City to be vigilant and extra cautious following a spate of thieves targeting student accommodation.

Over the weekend there have been four incidents reported, in two of those incidents the offenders made their way in via insecure doors.

The burglaries all happened overnight in the Lancaster City Centre and Galgate areas between 28th June and the early hours of this morning (1st July)

Cash was taken along with a laptop, Xbox 360 console and games, jewellery and credit cards.

This is not the first time this year that students have been warned about making sure their accommodation is secure at night or when they leave it. Back in April, three quarters of burglaries were on student homes.

Inspector Nigel Parkinson said: “When somebody breaks into your home and steals your things it can leave you feeling extremely vulnerable and nervous. Students are an easy target because they have all the latest expensive technology but often leave their properties insecure, which was the case in 2 of these incidents.

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 or cash in empty properties for a long amount of time.”

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