Tetney area residents warned about crime increase

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Residents in the Tetney, North Thoresby and Holton le Clay areas are being reminded to improve security following an increase in thefts and shed burglaries.

In the past couple of weeks, criminals have targeted the villages, resulting in a number of thefts from vehicles, and burglaries of sheds, garages and outbuildings.

PC Ian Clark, the Louth Rural Community Beat Manager, said: “Many of the targeted vehicles have been parked on driveways and left unlocked. Owners can protect themselves and their property by closing any driveway gates and ensuring that vehicles are locked at all times.

“It is good practice as part of your bed time routine to check that your outbuildings and vehicles are locked last thing at night. If your car has an electronic key fob, you don’t even need to go outside to check it is locked, as it can be done through a window.

“We have also recently suffered a number of burglaries, predominantly to outbuildings such as garages and sheds, but again, most of these have been left unlocked, allowing thieves to enter and steal cycles and power tools. Please ensure that you take all precautions to make it more difficult for people to steal your possessions. Use good quality locks and hasps, ensure sheds containing items of value are robust, use remote alarms and lighting with a PIR censor.

“If criminals can see that you are taking precautions to prevent theft, they will look elsewhere”.

Local residents are also encouraged to keep up to date regarding the latest crime trends in their area by signing up to the community messaging system, Lincolnshire Alert - more information can be found at www.lincolnshirealert.co.uk.