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Police warning to keep doors locked after thieves try doorhandles at Elsea Park, Bourne

Thieves have been caught using a simple method to get inside people's homes.

On Friday last week a resident of the Elsea Park estate in Bourne reported to police that someone had tried the doorhandles of her home while she was inside.

Although the thief was not able to steal anything from her, the tactic is well known to police and they are warning people to keep their doors locked even when they are at home.

Thieves have been trying doorhandles
Thieves have been trying doorhandles

Sgt Emma Crisp, who polices in Stamford, Bourne and Deepings, said: "We have had reports of this happening in the past, and a new report was received on Friday.

"It is unlikely this was a one-off, and we would like people to get in touch if it happens to them.

"Quite a few people have security cameras outside their homes and we would like them to look for any footage that might show suspicious activity and get in touch with us."

Keep doors locked and put keys in a safe place - do not leave them like this
Keep doors locked and put keys in a safe place - do not leave them like this

Sgt Crisp added that as well as looking for unlocked doors, which they can sneak through to swipe valuables, criminals also use distraction techniques.

"We have had cases of someone knocking at the front door and keeping the householder talking while someone else nips in through the back door to steal items.

"For this reason we urge people to keep front and back doors locked.

"It's a simple thing everyone can do to prevent themselves becoming a victim of crime."

The latest incident at Elsea Park is crime number 495 of February 19. If anyone has information or video camera footage they can give to Lincolnshire Police, then they can do this by calling 101 and quoting the crime reference number. Police are particularly interested to hear from people in the York Road area.

Information can also be given online at www.police.uk or free and anonymously to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling 0800 55511.

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