People Urged to "Lock it" or "Lose it"
Chorley - Chorley
5 December 2011
People urged to lock it or lose it
Although crime remains low across Chorley, local people are being advised to do their bit and lock their windows and doors or risk losing their possessions.
Latest figures have revealed that half of all burglaries and one in three vehicle break-ins in the Chorley borough are because houses and cars have been left unsecured by their owners.
Councillor Eric Bell shows one of the lock it and lose it signs that are on display in some areas of the Chorley borough.
The Chorley and South Ribble Community Safety Partnership is asking people to do their bit and secure their homes and vehicles in a bid to reduce crime even further. Lock it or lose it signs have gone on display in some communities across Chorley to act as a reminder and councillors have been asked to give advice to their constituents while they are out and about. Handy stickers reminding people to lock up when they leave their homes, and special car tax disc holders bearing a message telling drivers not to leave valuables in their vehicles have also been produced.
Residents will also be given advice on how to deal with possible bogus cold callers on their doorsteps. Councillor Eric Bell, who has responsibility for community safety issues at Chorley Council, said: “We don’t want to alarm people by releasing these figures, as crime across the borough remains very low. However, it is important for local people to realise that they can also help in the fight against crime. ”
“Agencies including Chorley Council and Lancashire Police, are working hard to catch offenders, but we also need people to play their part and not invite thieves in. The Chorley borough is one of the safest places to live and we want to be proactive and keep it that way. ”
“Simple things like locking the doors and windows of your house, conservatory, shed or garage and not leaving possessions on display in your vehicle can make such a difference. Don’t make it tempting for thieves who may be on the look out for an easy target.”
The Chorley and South Ribble Community Safety Partnership is made up of agencies across the Chorley borough, including Chorley Council, Lancashire Police, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, local housing providers, Central Lancashire NHS and many more. The aim of the partnership is for all agencies to work together to ensure Chorley and South Ribble are safe places to live, work, visit and play.