Illegal waste dumping and an ‘increase in criminal activity’ has been reported in Clayton-le-Moors and Altham.
Anthony Ford, watch liaison office with Lancashire Police, has issued a warning to residents after a spike in shed and garage burglaries, theft of and from vehicles and damage to cars and property.
He said: “The areas of higher risk appear to be around the Greyhound, Whalley Road and the estate under Whinney Hill.
“The majority of the reported offences might have been prevented if the vehicles or the premises involved had been locked.”
Mr Ford said there have also been reports of ‘numerous occurrences of unlawful tipping’ in the area.
He said: “The police, Hyndburn Borough Council and Altham Parish Council are determined to tackle this problem that blights our neighbourhood, and take positive action including prosecution of offenders.
“Recent incidents include the dumping of domestic household waste and items of scrap, including fridges and other large electrical consumer goods. Large quantities of tyres have also been dumped in areas around Burnley Road, Altham Lane and Bell Lane.
“Besides being unsightly most of these deposits carry potential hazards to health and the cost of cleaning it up is shared by us all.
“Please help us to tackle this problem by being vigilant and reporting anything you see.
“Vehicle registration numbers and descriptions of individuals provide invaluable assistance in identifying offenders.”
Anyone with information call police on 101.