Police are appealing for people in Carlisle to do their bit to prevent burglaries by making sure their homes are secure.
Officers are urging residents to thwart thieves by taking simple measures such as locking up before leaving or going to bed.
The appeal was made following a number of burglaries in recent weeks.
Areas hit by thieves include Currock, Houghton and streets off London Road.
Detective Sergeant Chris Brennand said: “The best piece of advice we can give you is ensure everything is locked before you leave home or go to bed.
“Thieves look to target insecure properties, which allows them easy access to expensive possessions.”
What can you do? Some simple, basic tips include:
- Locking doors and windows before you go out and ensuring that your house and keys are secure before you go to bed.
- Removing keys from locks and keeping them out of reach, not on a hall table. Take them to bed with you or put them out of sight.
- Ensuring side gates and sheds are locked with a good quality lock.
- Keeping cash and valuables locked away safe or well hidden.
- Considering increasing your security with good quality locks, chains and lighting.
Anyone who has any suspicion that someone may be in the process of burgling their home or a neighbour’s home should contact police immediately on 999.
If you have information on any incidents, contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.