Police are warning residents not to keep their doors and windows unlocked in a bid to prevent sneak-in burglaries over the summer.
Officers say thieves are on the look-out for ‘an easy opportunity’ to sneak into homes for valuables and keys.
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.
“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, report it to the police immediately.
“If you are 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.”
n For details on how to keep homes secure,visit www.southyorkshire.police.uk