Warmer weather has brought with it a boom in sneak-in burglaries in the Grantham area.
The seasonal increase is traditionally a nation-wide problem, but as offences in the town and wider area increase Lincolnshire Police is warning families to take extra care.
A spokesman said: “Homeowners tend to leave doors and windows open whilst they enjoy their gardens or they sleep with windows ajar. This type of behaviour presents opportunities to criminals who are looking to steal your hard earned property or cash.”
Two sneak-in burglaries in Grantham on Monday night are being used as examples by police.
In the first, in Reedings Road, a house was entered via an open window. The car keys were taken and the car, a silver Mitsubishi Lancer reg no FD09 WTR, was driven away.
The a house in Avenue Road was targeted and entry gained via an insecure lounge window and a television stolen.
The spokesman added: “Please make sure you windows and doors are closed and locked when you are in your back garden enjoying the better weather. Also make sure your home is secure when you retire for the night.
“If you need to have a window open ensure that it locks with a small gap that means an intruder cannot gain access.
“Help us to help you.”