Burglars will be prowling the streets of South Yorkshire looking for homes left insecure during the summer months, police have warned.
Officers are urging residents to keep their doors and windows closed during warm spells, to avoid burglars targeting their homes.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Stopford said: “Police would like to remind residents that the good weather could easily cause a sudden rise in burglaries, as people leave themselves vulnerable to opportunists and sneaks.
“Most burglary offences occur in homes where doors and windows are left insecure.
“The warmer weather will bring out burglars, as people leave doors and windows open or on a locked latch with handbags, purses and keys left close to the open door.
“Homeowners are also leaving ground-floor doors and windows open or unlocked, which burglars can easily reach and climb through.
“People should remember that while enjoying the weather and the summer in their gardens, they should always be vigilant regarding the security of their homes – make sure you always lock doors, windows and gates even when you are home.”