A new campaign is launching today in the Loughborough area encouraging people to call with information about burglaries or anyone dealing in stolen property.

Between 2014 and 2016 there was more than a 100% increase in burglaries in the ‘golden triangle’ area in the last four months of the year, a part of Loughborough especially popular for student accommodation. 

The start of the new university year can provide a boon to burglars with many students not always taking proper steps to safeguard their possessions, especially expensive laptops which are particularly appealing to criminals.

Funded by Charnwood Community Safety Partnership, the campaign will focus on the hashtags #Dontletthemin and #Leaveyourlightson as the basis of a social media campaign via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, to be followed up with targeted mobile phone advertising.

Residents are being reminded to always secure their homes;

  • Switch on light timer devices
  • Set burglar alarms
  • Lock all windows and doors
  • Put expensive items out of view
  • Mark valuables with postcode and house number
  • Ask a neighbour to keep an eye on their home if they're away
  • Cut up branded boxes for recycling, don't leave them on show by the bin

Lydia Patsalides, East Midlands Regional Manager, said: “Burglary can be an extremely distressing crime for victims. Losing personal items is bad enough, but the knowledge that a stranger has invaded your home can leave people feeling nervous and worried.

“This is why we are encouraging local people to ring Crimestoppers with information because it can be passed on anonymously, making it a very safe way of providing information without any reprisals. We would ask people to be vigilant and report suspicious behaviour quickly.”

Anyone wanting to report information can call us anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report anonymously online. If you spot a burglary in progress then always call 999.