Police are asking members of the Asian community to celebrate safely during the religious holiday of Eid.
Chief Supt Stuart Noble said: “We want those celebrating Eid to have a crime free and happy celebration, so we are asking people to help us by taking any measures they can to remain safe and not become the victim of a crime.
“You might be planning a celebration at home or attending local events, so I would urge people to ensure their homes and belongings are secure. Don’t allow your property to become accessible in any way to criminals.
“I would like to wish all of our Muslim community in Lancashire ‘Eid Mubarak’ and I hope everyone can enjoy the festivities.”
Tips for keeping safe include:
Keep front and back doors locked and windows closed;
If windows are open, keep them on a latch so that they cannot be opened further from outside;
Fit a door chain and use it when answering the door to an unexpected caller;
Keep site gates locked;
Consider putting valuables in a secure safe (particularly gold jewellery that might be worn during the celebrations);
Use strong locks on sheds, garages and other outbuildings;
Consider fitting outdoor security lighting;
Keep an eye on neighbouring properties and if you see anything suspicious contact the police;
Remember to be peaceful and respectful throughout the celebrations.
Police can be contacted on 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.