Officers in Burnley are urging residents to be vigilant after a recent spate of break-ins and thefts from vehicles.
During the past weekend, 26 vehicle crimes were reported in Burnley after cars had windows smashed, items stolen and work vans were targeted for tools.
Rosehill, Coal Clough and Ightenhill were all areas targeted and PS Andy Horne, of East Division Police, said: “Wherever they may live, I would advise all vehicle owners to ensure that their vehicles are locked and secured to avoid becoming the victim of thefts.
“The dark nights are drawing in so keep your cars parked in well-lit areas, remove work tools from vans to somewhere secure and lock your motorcycles and mopeds away.
“Don’t leave your valuables on display as these are an open invite to thieves, so I would also advise people to ensure items such as sat-navs are removed from cars.”
Officers are also advising the public to remain vigilant and report anything, including any information about recent thefts, to police on 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.