Criminals on a suspected burglary spree in Sheffield were left empty-handed after residents upgraded their locks.
Would-be burglars tried to break into five properties in Hillsborough and Wisewood overnight between Wednesday and Thursday.
Police said thieves tried to snap locks in Dudley Road, Vere Road and Rockley Road, Hillsborough – but failed because new locks had been fitted to the houses.
Offenders managed to break into a second house in Dudley Road, and in Studfield Road, Wisewood, a man got into a property through an insecure rear door. A woman confronted the man – who was aged about 20 and had blond hair – and he fled.
Detective Inspector Rich Partridge said: “More than two-thirds of house burglaries we’re dealing with are due to offenders breaking old euro locks.
“We’ve increased patrols and upped the pressure on known offenders but we need everyone’s help to reduce burglaries in the city.
“It’s encouraging to see some security-conscious residents deterring criminals and I would urge others to consider an investment of about £20 per ‘anti-snap’ lock that could save significant expense and heartbreak.”