Police have stepped up patrols in Frenchwood and Avenham after a string of burglaries.Advertisement
A city mosque had taken to warning its worshippers after Preston Police were criticised for inaction.
Jamea Masjid in Clarendon Street said there had been ‘at least four break-ins’ since Christmas in nearby roads.
Ishamael, ChishtiSufi79 on Twitter, spoke out on the incidents.
He tweeted: “There’s been a spate of burglaries in Town Centre Ward, Preston. Widespread local feeling police aren’t doing enough. Residents feeling scared and vulnerable, say police response slow and hardly any patrols.
“Each burglary and attempted break in is bolder than the one before. Lots of elderly people living round here, often alone, feeling very scared and in fear they may be next. The perception is the authorities are dragging their feet. Something needs to be done to reassure people.”
Preston Police responded directly on Twitter to say they were aware of the incidents with Deputy Chief Constable of Lancashire Police Sunita Gamblin highlighting how seriously police were taking the issue.
A statement on Facebook from Police Sergeant Harvey, who is part of the Preston South Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Following a number of burglaries in the Avenham and Frenchwood area, officers are proactively patrolling the area to offer reassurance and prevent further crimes.
“We will be conducting thorough and comprehensive investigations.”
He went on to remind the community to keep their windows and doors locked, and to report suspicious behaviour to the police on 101.