POLICE launched a detailed forensic search of a Burton property after thieves broke in, stole a set of keys and made off in a stolen car.
Staffordshire Police revealed that it had dispatched two police cars and a specialist forensic team to a house in Ashby Road, after receiving reports of a burglary.
It has now emerged that the criminals entered the house via an insecure door and police chiefs are warning people in the area to be ‘extra careful’ and make sure they lock all their doors and windows.
A spokesman for the force said: “We received a report of a burglary at a home in Ashby Road, Burton, just before 6am on Tuesday.
“The burglary happened between 1am and 5.45am when offenders entered the home using an insecure door and stole the keys to a silver Vauxhall Insignia.
“They then stole the vehicle from the drive.
“An investigation is now under way and a forensic examination has taken place at the home.
“Witnesses to any suspicious activity in the area, or anyone who has information on the vehicles whereabouts, is asked to call police as soon as possible.”
Residents are reminded to secure their property at all times and follow below crime prevention advice.
To keep burglars at bay, people should:
• Keep house and car keys safe and away from doors, windows and letterboxes;
• Secure passageways and side entrances, make sure sheds and garages are fitted with proper security locks, and put tools away so they can’t be used to break in to homes;
• If people have to leave ladders outside, make sure they are on their side and securely fixed to a wall or permanent fixture;
• Keep wheelie bins secure and away from your property to stop thieves using them to get through first floor windows, or setting fire to them;
• When darkness falls close curtains and blinds to stop would-be intruders window shopping;
• Mark items with postcodes and house numbers using an ‘invisible’ pen available from DIY stores. This makes stolen property easier to identify;
• Ensure valuable items are not left in plain view and keep them away from windows and doors;
• Fit mortise locks to all front and back doors and locks to windows that are in easy reach;
• and keep garages and sheds secure.
Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident number 61 of February 25.