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WARNING: Residents urged to be vigilant following lock snap break-ins in Chorley and Appley Bridge

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

We are warning residents to be vigilant following a number of burglaries and attempted break-ins in Chorley, Charnock Richard and Appley Bridge.

Officers have been called to five separate incidents in the past 24 hours which are all being treated as linked at this stage.

Although no arrests have been made enquiries are ongoing and reassurance patrols have been stepped up in the areas affected.

We received two reports where offenders have been breaking into residential properties by lock snapping doors and taking keys to unlock and steal cars parked on the drives.

One incident happened between 11pm last night and 5am this morning when offenders broke into a property on Triumph Avenue, Chorley. The offenders forced the lock on a rear patio door and located keys before stealing two BMWs.

A Ford KA was also stolen from Charter Lane, Charnock Richard between midnight and 6am this morning with the same circumstances where entry was forced via a back door and keys located before the car was driven away.

There were also three further reported attempts in Appley Bridge and Charnock Richard where offenders wearing balaclavas were seen trying car doors.

We'd urge anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area around Triumph Avenue to contact us on 101 quoting log reference 0159 of today’s date and similarly anyone who has any information that could assist us with our enquiries for the burglary on Charter Lane, Charnock Richard to also get in touch quoting log reference 0170 of today’s date. You can also report it online at https://doitonline.lancashire.police.uk. Alternatively, contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

We appreciate these incidents will have caused concern in the community and our investigations to identify those responsible are very much ongoing.

We would like to reassure you that we are increasing patrols in the areas, however, below are some ways to help keep your property and vehicles safe.

We would advise car owners to take extra consideration to secure their vehicles and their homes to prevent becoming a victim of this type of crime, including setting house alarms especially at night and making use of security lights and steering wheel locks.

If you have CCTV, you can register your details with us so you can upload any evidential CCTV footage you may have, which will go straight to an investigating officer. This service is completely free. In the first instance email [email protected], or you can find out more on our website https://www.lancashire.police.uk/op-snap-public-submission-of-dashcam-footage-faqs/

For advice on how to protect your property and for further information, visit https://www.lancashire.police.uk/faqs/crime-prevention


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