Avoid falling victim to burglars in the Dearne

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South Yorkshire Police is reminding residents not to leave their doors and windows unlocked and risk becoming a victim of a ‘sneak-in’ burglary.

Officers warn that if windows and doors are left unlocked, criminals on the lookout for an easy opportunity can slip in and out of people’s homes, taking valuables and personal possessions.

Chief Inspector Andy Hodgkinson said: “It only takes a few seconds for thieves to get away with valuable items, and sometimes they may even take your car if keys are left on show.

“We need the public to help us prevent these types of burglaries by always keeping keys and valuables out of sight, and even if you are only in the garden ensuring that windows and doors are not left open. We will do everything we can to catch and prosecute criminals who are caught committing this type of offence.”

The following tips will help to keep homes and valuables safe:-

*Always keep doors and windows locked – even if you are only in the garden or outside the house.

*Always put keys out of sight and reach from windows and doors – don’t leave keys in doors where they could be grabbed through the letterbox.

*Remove valuables from sight – Don’t leave any valuables on show near windows and doors.

*Keep vehicles locked at all times – even when on your drive or in the garage.

*Keep garages and sheds locked at all times.

*If you see anything suspicious, like people looking around houses or going up and down driveways always report it to the police immediately.

*Not sure? Don’t open the door. Always ask to see ID of people calling at your home and check with their company before allowing them in.

For more information on how to keep your home secure, visit www.southyorkshire.police.uk or call 101 for details of your local team.