Sneak-in thieves have stolen hundreds of pounds worth of property in Doncaster during the past few days after residents left homes insecure.
Computers and a purse were taken from a house at Station Road, Norton, between 11pm on Thursday and 7.30am Friday. The culprits entered through an unlocked front door.
Burglars got into a home at Hazel Grove, Conisbrough, via an open conservatory window between 1.43am and 7.30am on Friday. They stole computers then exited through a door as the key had been left in the lock.
And a resident at Troon Road, Hatfield, left a door unlocked while they cut the lawn, leaving the way clear for an offender who stole jewellery and an Xbox sometime between 9.20am and 9.50am yesterday.
Commented Superintendent Eddie Murphy, of South Yorkshire Police: “We just keep making it easy for criminals. Unfortunately there are people out there who are just waiting for an opportunity and for that lapse in taking basic security measures.”
The Force launched Operation Lockdown last October to combat house burglary and vehicle crime. So far, more than 1,400 suspects have been arrested.