Spate of sneak-in night burglaries prompts police warning
A spate of sneak-in night time burglaries has sparked a fresh warning.
Lincolnshire Police say criminals are entering homes while occupants are sleeping, and stealing small items including cash and cards.
Lincoln has seen 20 offences in the last month alone.
Thieves are particularly targeting ground floor flats, according to police.
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Small windows left on the latch are being used to reach through and unlock bigger windows.
In some cases, burglars are able to simply walk into homes through unlocked doors.
DI Suzanne Davies said: “We are targeting patrols to tackle this issue and several lines of enquiry are being followed to bring potential offenders to justice, but prevention is key in terms crime reduction on this issue.
“Criminals are getting in through unlocked doors and windows. We would urge people to really think about their security at night – even when the weather is warmer.
"If you leave ground-floor doors and windows open then you really are leaving your property vulnerable.
“It is also a good idea for families to talk to elderly relatives living in the community and explain these issues to them.
“Early reporting of suspicious activity is vital in terms of helping us to increase our chances of making arrests, so if you see anyone acting out of the ordinary in residential areas then please call us on 101.”