Burnley residents urged to lock up during Eid


Police are asking members of the Asian community to work with them to prevent gold jewellery thefts during Eid.

The advice comes as part of Operation Julius, Lancashire Constabulary’s crack down on burglary throughout the county, and due to the available opportunity for thieves to steal gold during the festival.

Det. Insp. Vinnie De Curtis, from Burnley CID, said: “We want those celebrating Eid to have a crime free and happy celebration so we are just asking people to help us by taking any measures they can to keep potential thieves out.

“Many people will wear their gold jewellery throughout the celebrations to attend parties and thieves are aware of that, along with the climbing value of precious metals, especially gold.

“Don’t let a burglar ruin your Eid, make sure you put your gold away in a secure safe after wearing it and don’t allow your home to become accessible in any way to criminals.”

Tips for keeping any of your property safe at any time of year of include:

• Keep front and back doors locked and windows closed.

• If windows are open, keep them on the latch so that they cannot be opened further from outside.

• Fit a door chain and use it when answering the door to an unexpected caller.

• Keep side gates locked.

• Consider putting valuables in a secure safe.

• Use a strong lock on sheds, garages and other outbuildings.

• Consider fitting outdoor security lighting.

• Keep an eye on neighbouring properties and if you see anything suspicious contact the police.

• Consider installing extra security measures such as alarms and CCTV systems.

The public are being reminded to stay vigilant and report anything suspicious to police on 101, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. In an emergency always dial 999.