Officers are urging residents to be mindful of their home security, following a series of burglaries and attempted burglaries in an area of Doncaster.
In the last month, police have received 13 reports of suspects forcing entry into properties in Bawtry by cutting holes in the garage doors so they can reach in and open the door.
The incidents appear to be taking place overnight, though officers caution residents to be mindful of suspicious activity throughout the day as well.
PC Stevie Kent from Doncaster said: “This is quite an unusual method of breaking into someone’s home and, by causing this damage, it’s possibly quite noisy so I’d ask anyone who hears or sees anything suspicious in their local community to give police a call.
“There are number of things you can do to further protect your home and garage from intruders, including parking your vehicles as close to your garage doors as possible to prevent any access.
“You can also look at fitting additional locks – in one of the reports, the suspects were unable to gain access as the resident had fitted extra locks on the inside of the door.”
If you hold any information about incidents of this nature, or believe you know who may be responsible, please call police on 101 or email email@example.com quoting incident number 324 of July 17 2016.
For more details of the force’s summertime safety campaign, which includes advice about securing your home, visitwww.southyorks.police.uk/bewise. More detailed advice about garage and outbuilding security can be found here:http://www.southyorks.police.uk/node/20870