Police issue summer safety warning

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RESIDENTS in the Ribble Valley are being warned to take extra care and lock their doors and windows now the warmer weather is here.

As the summer months approach, police often see a rise in burglary as people are tempted to leave their windows and doors open during the day and into the evening.

Police will be patrolling local neighbourhoods offering crime prevention advice to local residents and officers will be handing out leaflets to residents in hotspot areas.

Officers are urging people to lock their doors and windows and to report anything suspicious.

Chief Insp. Jon Bullas said: “We tend to see a seasonal rise in burglary as the warmer weather approaches due to people leaving their windows open as they go to bed at night.

“An open window or door can often be an invitation to thieves who are then able to get into people’s homes without causing a disturbance.

“This isn’t just about reducing burglary. It’s about reducing the upset and distress that comes with having a stranger in your home ransacking your private things and taking not only your valuables but items that are very personal and irreplaceable.

“Burglary figures are low, but we are determined to keep it that way. I urge local residents to be extra vigilant over the summer months and to report anything suspicious.”

Anyone with information or concerns can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.