Beware of crooks with hooks, police are warning Sheffield residents.
South Yorkshire Police officers are urging people to be on their guard following a spate of ‘coathanger burglaries’ in Woodhouse, where offenders have taken keys from inside properties by using a pole to pull them through the letterbox.
Residents found two cane poles near their rear door after a computer, fishing tackle, footwear and clothing, worth £700, were stolen from a house in Balmoral Road on Saturday night.
On Sunday, culprits tried to steal keys from a Vicar Lane house by using a bamboo stick attached to a squash racquet.
And a haul of goods were stolen from a house in Station Road on Monday in a similar incident, while a BMW in Beighton Road was also targeted.
Police believe all the incidents are linked.
Chief Inspector Richard Lambert said: “We are urging residents not to leave keys visible through windows or doors or near letterboxes.”