Police increase patrols and urge vigilance after spate of burglaries in villages north of Louth

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Police are urging rural communities to work in partnership with them to tackle a spate of rural crime in the Louth area, including in Ludford, Tetney and North Thoresby.

During July, there were 20 recorded incidents of burglary or theft in rural villages north of Louth, with outbuildings and garages were favourite targets of thieves and items stolen including quad bikes, mowers, and tools.

The offences coincide with new figures released from leading rural insurer, NFU Mutual, which reveal that theft in Lincolnshire amounted to an estimated £1.8 million in 2012.

Uniformed and plain-clothes patrols have increased in these areas to tackle the problem.

Roads Policing Units, Dog Handlers and Neighbourhood Officers are all involved in the crack-down but communities are being urged to help by taking every step to protect their property and avoid becoming a victim of crime.

Community Inspector for the Wolds area, Terry Ball, said, “Everyone has a part to play in deterring crime and catching offenders.

“Outbuildings and workshops in remote areas can be vulnerable but there are measures that residents can put in place to improve security and we have a dedicated Crime Reduction Officer who can offer expert advice and guidance.

“The successful prosecution of offenders relies on sound evidence and it is an important part of this process that police can prove recovered property is stolen.

“Security marking your valuables not only deters thieves but helps identify the true owner in the event the property is stolen but later recovered.”

Residents are also being reminded that vigilance can be key to capturing offenders and that reporting suspicious vehicles and activity helps officers focus resources where needed

Inspector Ball continued: “The success of Neighbourhood Watch schemes proves that when communities look out for each other, crime levels reduce and opportunist thieves and burglars are deterred.

“With more people signing up to the Lincs Alert messaging system and more residents feeding information back to police about criminal or suspicious activity, we can all work together to tackle rural crime.”