Detectives investigating burglaries in Rotherham are urging residents to be extra vigilant following a spate of of break-ins in the Wingfield, Anston, Swallownest and Boston Castle areas of the town.
Detective Inspector Nina Jackson said: “We’ve seen a small but noticeable spike in incidents where thieves are trying doors to see if they are not locked, and targeting garages, sheds and outbuildings by breaking off padlocks and snapping door locks.
“It may sound strange, but with more people staying at home more, people go to bed earlier, and that’s when thieves strike.
“Please take simple measures to keep your home safe. Lock doors, keep keys and valuables out of reach and ensure outbuildings are secure.”
DI Jackson continued: “You are our eyes and ears. Please look out for suspicious activity, keep an eye on your neighbours’ property and report anything that doesn’t feel right to police.”