MORE than £18,000 worth of property was stolen during a spate of burglaries in just one weekend.
Nine premises were broken into including homes and businesses and police are now appealing for witnesses to the incidents to come forward.
It is not believed that all of the offences are linked.
The first burglary took place between 7.30am and 10pm last Friday when thieves stole more than £10,000 of property from a house in Talbot Street, Rishton. The stolen items included jewellery, video games and cash.
A further eight properties were targeted in the same weekend in Dryden Street, Clayton-le-Moors, Alan Ramsbottom Way, Heys Lane and Queen Street, Great Harwood and Ash Close, Pickup Road and Blackburn Road in Rishton.
An investigation is now underway and officers in Great Harwood are urging anyone with information to come forward.
Inspector Chris Saville said: “While we don’t believe they are all linked, we are anxious to identify the offenders as soon as possible.
“I appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious or who has any information about who is responsible to contact police.
“Burglary figures remain extremely low in the eastern division although I advise residents to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to the police.”
Residents are being advised to fit visible burglar alarms and good outside lighting to deter offenders and to lock all doors and windows even when inside the house.
Door keys should always be left out of sight and police recommend that a light is left on when occupants go out for the evening.
Anyone with information about the burglaries should contact police on 08451 253545 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.