A WARNING has been issued to Droitwich residents to lock their doors and windows, even when they are in, after a rise in sneak-in burglaries.
Sgt Sarah Kent revealed the issue at last night’s Droitwich Town Council meeting.
She said there was always an increase in the crime over the summer months but this year it had been uncharacteristically high.
Thieves sneak in to properties when people are in and make off with small but valuable items which are easy to conceal, such as purses, cash and jewellery, said the Safer Neighbourhood officer.
“It only takes a few minutes – if you’re upstairs or in the shower, so it is a good idea to shut and lock doors and windows.
“People tend to do that when they are going out but not while they are at home.
“It’s about getting into the habit of doing it to protect your home and property.”
She added people who had locked their doors had reported incidents where handles had been tried by opportunist thieves.
In the event that happened to people, she said they should phone the police straight away and report it as the perpetrators would be more than likely still in the area, giving the police the chance to catch up with them.
People should call 101 or visit the force’s westmercia.police.uk website to report crimes or call 999 if the crime was ‘in progress’.