Burglars are raiding homes in Long Sutton in broad daylight without fear of getting caught, a resident claims.
The man, who asked not to be named, recently publicly called for more police on the streets – and more police warnings on the crime-wave so the public can be on their guard.
The police have said they do not want to cause alarm – I suggest this is exactly what is needed as our community is being ransacked at will and who knows where it will stop?Long Sutton resident
On Wednesday the break-ins came closer to home when his father-in-law’s house was ransacked and jewellery was stolen.
He said: “Since November there have been about ten burglaries in Long Sutton, and that’s just the ones I know about, so it’s crazy to think that most of the residents are still unaware that there is a big problem at the moment.”
The man believes the burglars stole jewellery, including precious items handed down from generation to generation, in the raid at his father-in-law’s house.
“This house is on the main street in Long Sutton with an enclosed garden and a bus stop out front.
“We think this robbery was carried out in the middle of the day, with people around.
“These criminals are without fear as most of their hoard so far has come from residential housing estates and roads where there is a good amount of visibility.”
When he first raised the issue last month, he said Long Sutton residents pay almost a quarter-of-a-million pounds towards policing in return for “an almost non-existent police presence.”
Police have sent out warning messages via Lincs Alert and Twitter, but the resident wants the officers to put out leaflets to warn the public direct because not everyone is on the Internet or social media. The man says Lincs Alert was not updated with the crime at his father-in-law’s.
He said: “The police have said they do not want to cause alarm – I suggest this is exactly what is needed as our community is being ransacked at will and who knows where it will stop?
“As for us, well we now have locks to replace (and) a complete house to tidy and straighten out as everything has been turned upside down and thrown around.”
A police spokesman told us: “We are investigating a series of burglaries, some of which are in the Long Sutton area. Two suspects were arrested on January 8. At this time they are on police bail pending further enquiries.
“The public are asked to be vigilant and to report any activity that they regard as suspicious on 101 or 999 if they suspect a burglary is in progress.”