Councillors have been out and about in Altham to hear the concerns of residents who said they are feeling unsafe after recent burglaries and car thefts.

Cllr Noordad Aziz and Labour candidate Steve Button spoke to residents on Sunday, after several from Sefton Farm Estate approached the councillor with their concerns.

Cllr Aziz said: “Quite a few residents have contacted me about people coming on their estate at night looking at vehicles, trying the doors to see if they have not locked them and also generally cars are being taken.

“Residents just wanted us as councillors to raise it with the police to see what they can do and just making people aware that it is an issue.

“They are concerned that the estate is being targeted for thefts, as over the last few months there have been a number of burglaries and car thefts, with residents frequently seeing car and house doors being tried on their CCTV.

Lancashire Telegraph: Cllr Noordad Aziz out in the communityCllr Noordad Aziz out in the community (Image: Cllr Aziz)

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“It’s impacting residents and making them feel unsafe in their own homes and we just want police to have a visible presence. It's not just linked in with Sefton Farm, I think that across the borough there are people a bit unnerved at night that their cars might be broken into or taken.

“Having spoken to residents alongside Steve Button, we have contacted the local policing team to see what the appropriate next steps are.

“We have asked the police to take steps to reassure residents, we have requested a more visible police presence, again asking the police to get in touch to offer safety tips on the basics such as doors being locked, making sure cars are locked and if cars are keyless access to keep keys away from the door so they can’t pick up the signal.

“So, we want residents to be given practical tips but also deterrents to be offered from the policing team.”

Cllr Aziz said himself and other councillors are working hard for the residents who are affected.

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