Crime statistics show big drop in break-ins despite fears of fewer bobbies on the beat.
Burglaries in Fleetwood have fallen by more than a half compared to last year, according to latest crime figures.
The surprise statistics come at a time when many residents in the town have raised concerns about there being “less bobbies on the beat”.
It also coincides with a new police campaign across Lancashire urging residents to locks windows and doors to combat the risks of summer-time burglaries.
A third of all burgled homes on the Fylde coast are left unlocked and Lancashire Police has launched a month-long campaign to drive the point home.
However, while some areas have seen a spike in break-ins, the opposite appears to have happened in Fleetwood. The exact reason for Fleetwood’s fall in burglaries are not clear, but it is believed this may be down to known offenders being out of action in the local area.
Summer is a time when people tend to leave doors and windows open because of the warmer weather, and traditionally it is a time when burglaries rates can rise, as they did last yearInspector Jo Jackson
The latest official figures are recorded up until May this year and show that in the month of May itself, there were just five reported burglaries, compared to 14 last year.
As part of a summer rise in break-ins at Fleetwood last year, there were also 10 burglaries in Fleetwood in June last year.
Inspector Jo Jackson, of Fleetwood Police, says the latest burglary figures in the port are welcome but she is urging residents not to be complacent.
Ins Jackson said: “Summer is a time when people tend to leave doors and windows open because of the warmer weather, and traditionally it is a time when burglaries rates can rise, as they did last year.
“In Fleetwood, our latest figures this year are welcome and could be down to a number of factors.
“We are aware of known offenders in the area and are pro-active.
“However, I would like to reiterate that summer is still a time when burglaries normally rise and I would urge residents in Fleetwood and the surrounding area to make sure their properties are properly secure.”
A new series of posters, produced for the Lancashire Police campaign, shows victims struggling to cope with the impact of having their home broken into.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Bates said: “We want to encourage people to take some simple steps to help themselves and reduce their chances of becoming a victim.
We want to encourage people to take some simple steps to help themselves and reduce their chances of becoming a victim
“The message from the campaign is clear: Be wise at home. Keep your windows and doors locked.”
Despite the message, the proportion of burglaries involving insecure properties is steadily increasing. In the last two years, that figure has risen above one in three.
He added: “Burglary is not a crime against the property but the person. It can have a truly devastating effect on how people feel in their own homes – often leaving that person feeling vulnerable, scared and anxious.”
Clive Grunshaw, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, said: “Tackling crime is one of my key priorities in my police and crime plan and that is why I am supporting this campaign.
“Prevention is always better than cure.”
The latest crime statistics for Fleetwood show a mixed bag, with violent crime slightly down (static for May with 13 incidents but down in April, with 16 as opposed to 21 reports last year) but a notable rise in shoplifting, six in May as opposed to one report last year.
However, Ivor Bould, chairman of Fleetwood Neighbourhood Watch, was sceptical about the figures.
He said: “A lot of crime is no longer being reported because people feel the police just don’t have the resources to do anything.
“That can make it seem as though crime is down, but people don’t feel the police are responding to their calls, unless it is very serious crime.”