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Police are urging residents to buy new locks for their uPVC doors after a spate of burglaries across Sheffield.

Culprits struck at homes on Wednesday and Thursday – targeting doors fitted with old euro locks.

Unwrapped Christmas presents were taken from a property on Sharrard Road, Intake.

A house on Audrey Road, Woodthorpe, was also ransacked and computer games software was taken when the rear door of a property on Woodhouse Road, Intake, was forced open.

At a house on Motehall Place, Manor, a tablet and jewellery box were taken.

A rear patio door of a house on Ecclesall Road South was also forced and jewellery and a computer were stolen.

At Lydgate Hall Crescent, Crosspool, a burglar also forced the patio door of a home while the owner was at work and escaped with a haul of jewellery, photo equipment, watches, laptop and cash worth several thousands of pounds.

A burglar snatched a laptop, tablet, iPod and crystal worth several thousand pounds, along with cash and foreign currency, from a home on Haugh Lane, Ecclesall.

Chief Inspector Richard Lambert said: “People can buy new snap and bump safe locks for around £50, which could potentially save them thousands of pounds and a lot of aggravation and heartache in the long run.

“Anyone with a standard uPVC door that was fitted over 18 months ago probably has a standard cylinder or profile lock which can be broken in a matter of seconds.”