Burglars target homes in Accrington

First published in Hyndburn

DETERMINED burglars are targeting terraced houses while occupants are asleep.

A spate of burglaries in a small section of Accrington has seen thousands of pounds worth of laptops, televisions, mobile phones, games and consoles stolen from family homes.

Residents are being warned to remain vigilant after ten burglaries in the Peel and Barnfield areas of Accrington in the past two weeks.

Police are treating the incidents as linked, as they each feature terraced homes accessed by back alleys in the early hours of the morning.

The majority of the burglaries have taken place while the occupants slept, although some housholders have woken and disturbed the thieves by making a noise.

Police say very few of the break-ins are due to unlocked with doors and windows, and thieves are making a determined effort to break in.

The majority feature backdoors and windows being forced open and with beading being carefully removed to take away glass panes in others.

Accrington police said they were ‘flooding’ the area with patrols.

Sgt Stephanie Hurst is asking residents to be vigilant.

She said: “Peel and Barnfield is a maze of terraces and back alleys, so people need to be vigilant.

“Though the majority of these burglaries are taking place between 2-4am, we have found in the past that thieves check out potential targets in the day time.

“If people see any suspicious characters around, they can alert us. We are doing all we can to find these perpetrators, nevertheless we would ask Peel and Barnfield residents to keep their wits about them and look out for and report any suspicious activity.

“Also, thieves will also try a handle first and on some occasions doors and windows were left open. So please remember to keep your homes secure too.”

Any information regarding the burglaries or to report anything strange, phone the Police on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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4:53pm Sat 5 May 12

mavrick says...

I wonder if it is the type of people who ride up and down back alleys, whilst stood up in the back of a flatbed truck looking into back yards?
I wonder if it is the type of people who ride up and down back alleys, whilst stood up in the back of a flatbed truck looking into back yards? mavrick
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6:30pm Sat 5 May 12

wulver says...

mavrick wrote:
I wonder if it is the type of people who ride up and down back alleys, whilst stood up in the back of a flatbed truck looking into back yards?
Too right mate, Ive seen em doin it myself just off Pickup Street, they need castrating. If you did it to one or two I'm sure it would stop !!!
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: I wonder if it is the type of people who ride up and down back alleys, whilst stood up in the back of a flatbed truck looking into back yards?[/p][/quote]Too right mate, Ive seen em doin it myself just off Pickup Street, they need castrating. If you did it to one or two I'm sure it would stop !!! wulver
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7:43pm Sat 5 May 12

ratshowilikeit says...

The pikies are working the night shift now!!! Is that what were saying
The pikies are working the night shift now!!! Is that what were saying ratshowilikeit
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6:59am Sun 6 May 12

BritainfortheBritish says...

Those that ride up and down alleys are looking for scrap and do it quite openly. Burglars do not and as we all know nowadays they will not go to prison . I think we should bring the stocks back so we can throw rotten fruit and veg at them.
Those that ride up and down alleys are looking for scrap and do it quite openly. Burglars do not and as we all know nowadays they will not go to prison . I think we should bring the stocks back so we can throw rotten fruit and veg at them. BritainfortheBritish
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9:22am Sun 6 May 12

Cha'mone MF says...

There were reports of Trampburn Rovers players breaking into houses while the occupants are asleep and leaving season tickets on the dining room table.
There were reports of Trampburn Rovers players breaking into houses while the occupants are asleep and leaving season tickets on the dining room table. Cha'mone MF
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7:21pm Sun 6 May 12

Ian123xyz says...

A true scumbags crime. Affects everyone, including the very young and old, for years afterwards.

It would be cheaper to just throw the key away when they are caught. They will always be a burden inside or out, so they may as well be inside.
A true scumbags crime. Affects everyone, including the very young and old, for years afterwards. It would be cheaper to just throw the key away when they are caught. They will always be a burden inside or out, so they may as well be inside. Ian123xyz
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6:23pm Mon 7 May 12

hairy mary says...

i saw a man last week he put a ladder against my backyard wall and popped his head over so i shouted boo really loud and he fell off and called me an arsehole
i saw a man last week he put a ladder against my backyard wall and popped his head over so i shouted boo really loud and he fell off and called me an arsehole hairy mary
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