Police are asking residents to remain vigilant and lock their doors after seeing an increase in burglaries.

Officers in Rossendale have said in the majority of incidents, which have taken place in Edenfield, properties have been accessed by thieves using lock-snappers.

Doors and windows have also been smashed and vehicles have been targeted.

A spokesperson for the police said: "We are asking residents to be vigilant and to ensure their properties are locked and secure and valuables are not on view.

"In the majority of incidents the properties have been accessed by the rear door by means of lock snapping, doors or windows being smashed and unlocked doors.

"Vehicles are being targeted and there have been a number of vehicles stolen from all makes, models and specs, in the Edenfield and Rossendale area."

The police are now asking residents to lock all doors and windows, make sure house alarms are on at night, utilise light timers or leave lights on when going out, and to be vigilant of suspicious activity.

The spokesperson added: "Ensure items of value are kept in a safe space (including house and car keys) if you have a keyless car consider purchasing a Faraday wallet that will block your car signal – these can also be used for mobile phones and debit/credit cards to prevent hacking or fraud.

"Consider setting up a home watch scheme or residential Whatsapp group.

"And please check the locks on your property are to government standards and are anti-snap / anti pick locks."

Officers are also asking communities to look out for each other and inform neighbours who may not use social media to remain safe.

Local neighbourhood police patrols are aware of the incidents in the area and are working on evidence to identify the possible offenders.

If you see anything suspicious please contact the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

You can now also report online.