Sneak-in raiders target Burnley and Padiham homes

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Police are warning homeowners to keep their doors locked amid a string of sneak-in burglaries.

Thieves have been targeting unlocked homes across Burnley, grabbing easy to reach vehicle keys before making off in the vehicle.

Sgt Martin Holt said that people leaving their doors unlocked, evening during the day while they are in, were making themselves easy targets.

“We have had a number of sneak-in burglaries lately where offenders have entered through an insecure front or back door and grabbed vehicle keys that were close to the point of entry.

“We would obviously urge people to keep their doors locked at all times but also, try and keep their keys somewhere safe, where they are easily accessible to them but out of reach and sight of anybody who may come into the property uninvited.”

On Sunday, a turquoise Hyundai Getz, registration plate MX04 JYE, was stolen from outside a house in Liverpool Road at 10-20pm after thieves went through an unlocked front door and stole a jacket containing the keys from the hallway.

Between 2am and 2pm on the same day, thieves stole a Ford Transit parked outside a property in Manchester Road, after finding the keys on a shelf near to the front door. The van, which was full of tools, was recovered in Burnley shortly afterwards.

In a third incident, keys were actually taken from an upstairs bedroom between 2-30 and 6am on Tuesday while the owners were still in their house in Burnley Road, Padiham. They made off with a silver Peugeot 207, registration plate LT10 JNN, and a Samsung tablet.

Sgt Holt added: “If anybody has any information on these crimes or sees anybody acting suspicious in their neighbourhood then they can call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”