TOO many homeowners in Burton are making life easy for burglars during the current warm spell, police have said.
Windows and doors are either being left ajar or unlocked, with parts of the town seeing an increase in daytime raids in recent weeks.
Temperatures have approached 30C over the last few days and officers are reminding people to lock up when leaving the house.
Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, of Burton Police, said: "We have seen an increase in daytime burglaries in the Horninglow and Shobnall areas
"It appears they are getting in through insecure windows and doors while people are out at work."
A house in Horninglow Road was targeted at around 2.15pm on Friday, when jewellery is believed to have been stolen.
Chief Insp Maskrey said if officers are to catch the burglars in the act, anyone who sees anything must call the police immediately.
"If anyone is seen acting suspiciously – looking into windows, gardens or sheds – then people need to ring us straight away," he said.
He said officers were able to arrest a thief in Uttoxeter on Sunday because of how quickly police were alerted by a member of the public.
Anyone who sees anything suspicious is asked to call the non-emergency number 101.