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Warning over car crime rise in Blackburn and Darwen
A LEAP in thefts from cars in Blackburn and Darwen has led police to issue warnings.
Crimes are up 20 per cent since April and at least half could have been avoided. Recent hot spots are Ramsgreave, Pleckgate and Wilpshire.
Detectives said they had dealt with 482 cases in six months, compared to 406 during the same period in 2012. This month there have been 124 compared to 110 last September.
Insp Abid Khan, from the Blackburn with Darwen immediate response unit, said it was vital residents called police if they suspected somebody of committing a crime.
He said: “We rarely get anybody ringing us to say individuals are acting suspiciously. But even if it turns out to be nothing, we would rather that, than not being told at all. We need people to ring us, particularly during the night.
“If somebody is breaking into a car or stealing something from it, there is a crime in progress and that will mean it is an emergency deployment. We have moved additional resources to night time to deal with it and we are having some success, but thefts are still happening because people are leaving vehicles insecure.”
Insp James Black, from the same unit, said: “One thing is to double check your car is locked.Do not leave valuables on view, and even better, remove them from the vehicle. Park in a well-lit area if in a public road.”
Police are carrying out plain-clothed and high-visibility patrols to deter opportunist thieves.
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