‘We will hunt them down’: police vow over rise in burglaries in Skegness area

Skegness beat manager PC Sally West is working alongside officers fighting the rise in crime across East Lindsey. Photo: MSKP-180217-41 ANL-170220-152913001
Skegness beat manager PC Sally West is working alongside officers fighting the rise in crime across East Lindsey. Photo: MSKP-180217-41 ANL-170220-152913001

A police inspector in Skegness has vowed his officers are hunting down those responsible for a staggering increase in burglaries.

Latest statistics show that since February last year East Lindsey has seen a large rise in burglaries in the area, with a 30 per cent increase, or 80 extra offences, for domestic burglary and 13 per cent, or 98 extra offences, for non-domestic burglary.

Lincolnshire Coast Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Colin Haigh ANL-170216-125152001

Lincolnshire Coast Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Colin Haigh ANL-170216-125152001

Broken down, the east area, which includes Skegness, has seen a 13.9 per cent rise or 83 extra offences for domestic burglary, and a 1.3 per cent rise or 17 extra offences for non-domestic burglaries.

Insp Colin Haigh, of the coast neighbourhood policing team, said: “I would like to reassure our communities that Lincolnshire Police are working hard to prevent and detect burglary offences and several arrests have been made recently. These include four males who have been jointly charged with 26 offences, three males who have been arrested in relation to seven distraction burglaries and another male who has been arrested in relation to 19 dwelling burglary offences.”

Despite these recent arrests, Lincolnshire Police are still advising residents to secure their properties and report any suspicious activity.

Insp Haigh said: “Lack of street lighting has been blamed for the burglaries but we have seen burglaries being committed at all times of the day and I don’t want people to become complacent during daylight hours. I want to urge residents to ensure they secure their properties and outbuildings and report anything that they deem to be suspicious.”

Lack of street lighting has been blamed for the burglaries but we have seen burglaries being committed at all times of the day

Insp Colin Haigh

l Report suspicious activity to police on 101.