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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Householders making it too easy for thieves, say Carlisle police

The number of house raids in north Cumbria have gone up – but more than half are happening after doors are left unlocked and windows open.

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Insp Tony Quinn

Thieves are enjoying easy pickings in a patch covering Carlisle, Brampton and Penrith, with 60 per cent of burglaries following what police class as “insecurities”.

Officers say the west of Carlisle has suffered most, with Yewdale, Currock and Morton being hit hardest.

It comes at a time when overall crime in north Cumbria and the county is falling – and police are said to be frustrated at the effect that carelessness with home security can have.

New figures show there were 23 house burglaries in north Cumbria in May, up seven raids on the same month the year before.

Fourteen of the burglaries last month involved “insecurities”, with doors being closed but unlocked or windows either being left wide open or ajar enough for crooks to lean through.

Inspector Tony Quinn, the police chief in the west of Carlisle, told the News & Star: “It’s frustrating because crime is dropping and reports of antisocial behaviour are dropping, but this type of crime isn’t.

“If people just locked their doors this could be stopped. Many crimes are opportunist and happen because premises are left insecure.”

A house was targeted off Greystone Road, Carlisle, in one of the latest burglaries, overnight on Monday. A man has been arrested in connection with the raid.

Police say sheds and garages are also being targeted, with thieves on the lookout for property such as bicycles.

Insp Quinn added: “Good quality locks should be fitted and used and you should also consider fitting a shed alarm.”

Police say they are concentrating on trying to cut the number of burglaries. Call officers for security advice on 101.

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