THEFTS and burglaries have increased sharply in the last 12 months.
Police figures show that for the area covering Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings, home burglaries have almost doubled in the last year.
And for the same area the number of thefts from vehicles has increased almost six times.
The figures show that for the period April 1, 2010, to March 25 2011, there were 16 home burglaries recorded in the area, compared with 29 for the same period 2011 to 2012.
And from April 1, 2010, to March 25, 2011, there were 16 thefts from vehicles, compared to 94 in the same period 2011 to 2012.
The most significant increase in burglaries was in the Bourne and Billingborough area, where nine were recorded in the last 12 months compared to only four in the preceding year.
The biggest increase in theft from vehicles was in Stamford, where 30 incidents were recorded in the last year compared to just one in the previous 12 months.
And just this week a further 12 thefts were reported in the space of 24 hours from unlocked vehicles in the town.
Police constable Debbie Bowen spoke to Stamford town councillors about the increase in thefts and burglaries at a council meeting on Tuesday.
She said: “There has been a spread of crime which is quite sad. Homes are being burgled. It has been happening in the Deepings and Bourne and has spread to Stamford.
“We are trying to get the message out to keep a watchful eye on your neighbours and come together more as a community. Hopefully we can hammer home the message. Let’s try and get crime down together.”
A Lincolnshire police spokesman said the increase in theft from vehicles was largely down to the rise in the theft of catalytic converters, which are sold on for scrap.
A dedicated operation has been launched to tackle catalytic converter theft and police in Stamford and Bourne have recently carried out converter marking sessions.
PC Bowen asked town councillors to ask their communities to be vigilant, to report any incidents and not to leave doors and windows open or unlocked. She also distributed property-marking pens and signs to display in cars warning potential thieves that no valuables have been left inside.