South Yorkshire Police: how to avoid sneak in burglaries

South Yorkshire Police are reminding residents in the Dearne not to leave any windows or doors unlocked and risk becoming a victim of a ‘sneak-in’ burglary. Sneak-in’ burglaries occur where properties have been left unlocked, or windows and doors are left open, even if the open window is on the first or second floor.

Opportunistic thieves are always on the lookout for an easy opportunity to slip in and out of people’s homes, taking valuables and personal possessions, and even if the window open isn’t on the ground floor, they will not be deterred.

Detective Inspector Steve Whittaker said: “Opportunistic thieves will not be put off if it’s an upstairs window that is open. They will still see this as easy access and will use any means necessary, including climbing up drainpipes or walls, to gain entry to a property.

“We need the public to help us prevent these types of burglaries and I want to remind people to always ensure that all windows and doors are closed and locked.

“A third of all home burglaries in Doncaster are down to ‘sneak in’ burglaries. It only takes a few seconds for thieves to gain entry and get away with valuable items, don’t give them the opportunity.”

The following tips will help to keep homes and valuables safe,

Always keep all 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.

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, you can speak to your Safer Neighbourhood Team, visit and enter your postcode or call 01142 202020 for details of your local team.