Police in Crewe are advising residents to be vigilant and to consider reviewing their home security following a series of burglaries.
Between 11 and 13 November there were four burglaries and one attempted burglary. Thieves targeted Remer Street, Sydney Road and Sycamore Avenue.
DC Simon Gidman said: “While we are doing everything we can to find those responsible I would urge residents to consider reviewing their home security. While most of the burglaries were forced entry, some were not. Are you making sure your windows and doors are locked and secure, even if you are at home, to make it difficult for opportunists.
“We also advise people not to leave valuables, or keys, near windows where they can be seen from the outside. It is an added incentive for a burglar if he knows there is something good on offer, before he goes in.
"Security lights on the outside of the house are a good investment. They will remove some of the disadvantage of the darker autumnal evenings.
"More often than not, traditional burglars target houses while the occupier is out. It is worth spending a few pounds on time switches to turn some inside lights on as daylight fades. If the house looks occupied the burglar will hopefully turn away.
"Think about investing in a security alarm system and if you have one fitted be sure to set it every time you go out and when you go to bed.
"Some of the best crime prevention devices are your eyes. Burglars will usually spend time looking round a street to decide which houses are vulnerable.
"If you see anyone acting suspiciously, call police on 101 and report it. You may be doing your neighbours − or yourself- a big favour.”