POLICE chiefs are urging homeowners to take ‘extra care’ after a recent spate of burglaries were blamed on unlocked doors.
Derbyshire Police issued a reminder to people to lock their doors and windows as part of the the fight to deter crooks.
Recent incidents have seen a range of items taken, including cash, cameras and perfume.
A spokesman for the force said: “We do not want people to feel trapped in their home or that they cannot leave doors and windows open, but we are just asking for them to be extra vigilant. What we are finding is that a lot of these burglaries are random rather than pre-planned.
“So a burglar may see an open window or a door that is ajar and take their chance, but if that opportunity is taken away they may not try to break in, as it might be too much effort.
“We are not trying to frighten people, but this is a crime that can easily be stopped with a little bit of prevention.
“We can all get a bit complacent and forgetful, but a few extra steps can make sure that homes are as secure as possible.”
The force revealed details of two recent incidents.
On Monday, May 5, a Canon Supershot digital camera and a quantity of cash were taken from a flat in Davis Road, Swadlincote.
On Saturday, May 3, a black River Island handbag containing Gucci perfume, cosmetics, a black River Island purse, cash and credit cards were taken form a house in Scropton Road, Hatton.
Both incidents saw thieves get inside via an unlocked door.
Anyone who has information about any of these crimes is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.