A SHOPLIFTING warning has been issued following increasing incidents in Lake District tourist hotspots.

Police said they have received more callouts to thefts in Bowness and Windermere since lockdown measures were eased last month.

Police Community Support Officer for Windermere and Bowness Sarah Blacow said: “It’s lovely to see all the shops and restaurants opening again after what seems a long time.

“The owners and staff have been trying hard to make peoples’ visit to their retailers as pleasant and as safe as possible.

“We need to make sure that we do not drop our guard as far as shoplifting is concerned.

“As we all know, with good people also come the bad who want to shop without spending any money.

“Sadly, shoplifters don’t always stand out so don’t assume anything.

“If a crime is committed, please phone it into 101 or 999 if it’s a crime in progress.

“Please keep an eye on sheds and places where tools are stored as these have been targeted.

“Make sure that they are left secure!”

Cumbria Police offer advice to shopkeepers on their website which states all members of staff should maintain vigilance at all times, staff should make them aware they have seen them enter, and anything unusual should be noted and reported to management or the police and to keep windows clear to allow good vision.

Other advice includes installing business CCTV, maintaining a high level of lighting.