POLICE are warning homeowners to beware of burglars after a spate of break-ins around Padiham and Hapton.
Three houses were hit overnight on Wednesday in Oxford Close, Castle Street and East Street which had been left unlocked.
Thieves stole property and car keys before making off in a Citroen C4, which was later recovered on Copthurst Street; a black Vauxhall Astra, which was recovered on Beech Street and a white Mazda, which has not yet been found.
Neighbourhood Policing Teams have been carrying out extra patrols in the area in a bid to deter any would-be burglars and officers have been speaking to residents to remind them about the importance of keeping their homes locked and secure.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Withers said: “Burglary in Lancashire is low but we want to keep it that way. Residents have a crucial part to play to make it difficult for thieves to operate.
“It sounds like simple advice but making sure you look doors and windows can really make a difference and I urge residents to be more security conscious around their homes.
“Don’t be careless with your personal belongings, even around your home. Place them out of sight.
“It only takes a few seconds for a burglar to make their mark, so take a few minutes to make your mark against them. Taking extra steps to prevent thieves entering your home.”
Anyone with information about burglary or who sees anything suspicious in their neighbourhood can contact the police on 0845 1 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.