Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Lancaster man sentenced for burglary

Dominic Blaney, 26, of Sycamore Gardens, Heysham, was sentenced to four years and four months’ imprisonment at Preston Crown Court yesterday, having previously been found guilty of a dwelling burglary.

The offence took place on Saturday 24th August of this year when Dominic entered a property on Willow Lane via an insecure dining room window, took car keys for a vehicle parked outside the house before stealing the vehicle.

PC Sarah Jackson of Lancaster CID said “This was a frightening experience for the occupants, who woke to find an intruder in their home. Dominic then fled the scene and proceeded to drive away in their vehicle.

"It is right he received a lengthy custodial sentence for such an audacious crime, and I hope the sentence acts as a deterrent for others.

“What this offence highlights is the importance of always keeping your property secure, even when you’re at home, as Dominic entered through a small window the occupants had left open overnight. Thieves will exploit every possible opportunity, and so, we all have to do everything we can to make it as difficult as possible for them.”

Residents are urged to:
  • Ensure front and back doors are locked and windows closed when leaving the house, or going to bed
  • If windows are open while you are in during the day, keep them on a secured latch so that they cannot be opened further from outside
  • Keep side gates locked
  • Consider fitting outdoor security lighting
  • Keep an eye on neighbouring properties and if you see anything suspicious contact police

Further crime prevention advice is available by visiting www.lancashire.police.uk.

• Anyone with information or concerns about burglary can contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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