Police have stepped up patrols in the Ashton-on-Ribble area after a number of thefts.
Members of the public have been reporting on social media a number of bikes have been stolen along with shed break-ins.
Inspector Paul McLernon took to the forces Facebook page to reassure the public they were working to catch those responsible.
He said: “We are aware that there are several people actively targeting sheds and outbuildings for push bikes and other items. In response to this we have asked for officers to patrol this area as often as they can when not dealing with other incidents. I would request that the public call us on 101 if they have information as to who is committing these crimes or 999 if a crime is taking place in front of them so we can respond.
“We would not encourage people to take the law into their own hands. However you can as a citizen use reasonable and proportionate force to detain a person who you believe has committed a crime. This has to be done carefully to ensure you do not get hurt in the process, which is why we would prefer you keep the person under observation and call us.
“We are grateful for any help you give us in catching those engaged in criminal activity and would always welcome you to volunteer as Special Constables if you want to help further. You can also contact Crimestoppers.”
On Thursday morning Preston Police said a young man had been arrested in the Lane Ends area on suspicion of stealing from motor vehicles.