POLICE are urging people to 'not make it easy for thieves' after a burglar made off with hundreds of pounds of goods after getting into a home via an open window.
Detectives from Staffordshire are appealing for information following the burglary in Court Farm Lane, Branston.
The crooks entered the home through an open downstairs window while the homeowners slept upstairs and stole a handbag, phone, iPad and cash, including foreign currency.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "With the high temperatures, we're enjoying please make sure you don't make it easy for thieves to strike and ruin your plans.
"Ensure all doors and windows are locked and secure if you leave the house, or even while you are out enjoying the garden. It can take an opportunist thief just seconds to reach in, or sneak through, an open door or window and steal valuable items.
"Keep vehicles secure and don't leave all the windows down, or even worse the keys in the ignition.
"Remove all valuables from view and securely lock away garden tools, lawnmowers, barbecue equipment and bicycles when you have finished with them.
"In this particular incident thieves entered the home in Court Farm Lane, Branston, between 12.30am and 8am on Saturday, July 26, while the occupants slept upstairs.
"It is believed they gained entry through an insecure downstairs window.
"Officers are aware of the incident and are carrying out regular patrols of the area.
"Residents are also encouraged to follow crime prevention advice, be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police.
"If people are going away for the weekend, or heading off on holiday, they should ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on their home.
That way they can report any suspicious activity to police.
"We want everyone to enjoy the good weather and be able to relax, knowing their home and property is as secure as it can be."
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101.