Police in East Cheshire are appealing for residents to keep their homes secure during the warm weather following a number of sneak in burglaries in Congleton and Crewe.
DS Andy McGillan said: "The temptation is to leave doors and windows open or unlocked.
"We would urge you to stay security conscious and keep your house secure − even when you′re at home."
Since 16 July 2013, Congleton has had four burglaries, all of which the offenders have entered the address through an open door and occurred overnight and in broad daylight.
In Crewe, since the second week in June Crewe has had nine offences of sneak in overnight burglaries. Most of these again were due to doors being unlocked.
DS McGillan said: "During the summer months, there tends to be an increase in opportunist ‘sneak in′ burglaries with criminals targeting residents who leave windows open, patios unlocked and doors ajar.
"Please be aware of your personal and home security so criminals don′t exploit the opportunity of an open door or window to enter your home and steal your belongings."
Residents are being urged take note of the following crime reduction advice:
• Make sure that all windows are closed and locked, even when you are at home or in the garden. Use the security measures on modern windows, which allow them to let some air in but still be locked.
• Keep all valuables out of the line of sight of prying eyes, never put car keys or purses on window-sills or in view of a window or door. Always avoid keeping large amounts of cash are in your house.
• Do not leave valuables or equipment on display in your car - take valuables with you or lock them away. Even a pair of sunglasses on show can be appealing to a would-be thief.
Residents are being reminded to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police.
If you have any information in relation to burglaries or see anyone acting suspiciously, call Cheshire Police on 101