POLICE are warning residents living in Colne’s rural areas to be on their guard following a spate of burglaries.
Outbuildings in Laneshaw Bridge and Colne were raided last week.
Offenders forced their way into a barn in Warley Wise Lane, Laneshaw Bridge, overnight on September 25th, stealing an adult and child’s quad bike and a petrol Stihl saw, valued at approximately £800.
Just days later, a farm in Brown Hill Lane, Colne, was hit overnight on October 27th.
This time thieves made off with several specialist bikes and some tools, together worth in excess of £6,600.
Two mountain bikes were taken in the raid - a green and white Kona Stinky Deluxe mountain bike and a barely used black and white Giant Trance mountain bike - along with a black Fit Eddie 3 BMX bike and a red and black off-road Honda motorcycle.
The prepared thieves also managed to make off with a Stihl petrol strimmer and garden hedge trimmer, a Makita drill and a 2.2 calibre black and brown air rifle.
PCSO Carla Pickard said: “We have carried out leaflet drops in the areas the thefts took place to let residents know what has been happening and what they can do to prevent thieves.
“There have been a few cases of specialist bikes being stolen over the past few months.
“We think that cyclists are being followed home from events by thieves so we would encourage anyone with valuable bikes to keep them secure and in an alarmed compound.
“As far as members of the public are concerned, there are a few things they can do to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime. They need to keep doors and windows locked and, where possible, valuables hidden away. They need to also keep their garden gates locked and gardening equipment that thieves could use to assist them with the break in, out of sight.”
Anyone with information about the either of the incidents should contact Colne police on 472441 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111