Police officers in Preston recently visited members of the public warning those who did not lock up their property they are risking becoming a victim of theft.
Operation Back, which started two weeks ago in the Longsands area. targeted areas around the Sharoe Green and Garrison districts of Preston asking owners to secure their houses, vehicles, garages and sheds.
The operation led by the Fulwood Neighbourhood Policing Team with senior officers Divisional Commander Tim Jacques and Chief Inspector June Chessell was aimed preventing theft in the area that could be prevented if items are securely locked.
Last week hundreds of properties were tried by officers, and a total of 92 houses, 67 sheds/garages, 24 vehicles, and 19 bicycles were reportedly left insecure.
Crime prevention advice was provided to those who left their property unlocked to reduce their risk of having their items stolen in the future. Where the property owner wasn’t in, leaflets were also left to hit home the message that they could have been visited by a real thief.
Inspector David Herbert said, “We are trying to keep theft at a low level by taking a proactive approach rather than just being reactive after someone’s belongings are stolen.
“Residents can help us to prevent crime by helping themselves through a taking cautious approach.
“Leaving any of your property unlocked is like an open invitation to a thief – make sure you lock your vehicle and close your windows at all times. Remember to remove any valuable belongings from your car and if you have a stereo with a removable front panel, take it with you.”
Any information can be reported to the police on 101. Further crime prevention advice can be found at www.lancashire.police.uk.