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POLICE are urging people in several villages to be vigilant and report suspicious activity after a series of burglaries.

The warning comes after a number of burglaries in the Caythorpe area as well as incidents reported in Long Bennington, Claypole, Dry Doddington, Branston, Washingborough and Bassingham.

The break ins have tended to take place between 5pm and 11pm at weekends and usually when the occupants are out.

Patrols of beat officers have been stepped up in the affected villages and local residents have been given crime prevention advice by local PCSOs.

Detective Inspector Suzanne Davies said a significant amount of work has been going on behind the scenes to find the culprits but she stressed the public had a vital role to play.

“As ever, we need residents to work with us to tackle this issue,” she said.

“The early reporting of suspicious activity really helps us in terms of taking swift action to make arrests.”

As the burglaries generally occur when the occupants are out, it is possible burglars are knocking on doors, or checking out houses before they make their move. If you get any unsolicited callers, or you see any strange vehicles hanging around your road, you are urged to call the police immediately and to try and jot down descriptions of the people concerned and vehicle registration numbers.

DI Davies added: “Be assured that if you think something is suspicious in your neighbourhood then call us, do not think it is too insignificant.”

Residents are also being asked to consider ways of making their houses look occupied when they are out. Cheap timer switches for lights are available from DIY shops, you can leave a radio on to generate some sound in the house.

If you have any information about the burglaries, call Lincolnshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 115 of April 25.