THIEVES have struck a Gainsborough house to steal copper and police are asking residents and landlords to ensure they remain vigilant.
Lincolnshire Police are urging private and social landlords to make sure they secure and check their unoccupied buildings.
At some point over the last few weeks, thieves broke into a house on Sandsfield Lane, Gainsborough, where they ripped out copper pipes from the kitchen and boiler.
They also ripped up floorboards in a bedroom and removed pipes.
A spokesman from Lincolnshire Police said that this sort of crime was becoming more and more frequent in the current climate and that landlords and residents should do all that they could to protect themselves from copper thieves.
“This type of offence is on the increase with copper prices reaching an all time high,” a police spokesman said.
“We would encourage everyone to ensure that their properties are protected – especially if they are unoccupied.”
“Landlords are being urged to invest in better security and check their properties on a more regular basis.”
The continued: “Very often a relatively small investment can prevent thousands of pounds worth of damage caused by thieves.”
They added: “We would ask that anyone who has any information regarding these thefts or who has witnessed any kind of suspicious activity in their area, to please come forward and let us know.
Anyone with any information regarding, this or any other crime can contact Lincolnshire Police on 0300 111 0300, quoting incident number 275 of 19th February
Alternately, you can give information anonymously on criminals operating in your area by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.