WITH the ongoing hot spell, people are being reminded to keep their homes protected against crooks as they enjoy the sunshine.
Staffordshire Police is urging people to take simple crime prevention measures to stop criminals from entering their homes.
It comes after a recent theft from the home of an elderly couple who had jewellery stolen by a man who entered their home through an open patio door while the pair were watching TV.
High temperatures are expected to continue over the next few days and police are advising people not to be complacent when it comes to protecting their homes.
They are advised to ensure windows and doors are locked when leaving the house, and even if they are only spending time in the garden – it takes opportunist thieves just seconds to steal valuable items.
Similarly, vehicles should be kept secure and, if windows are open, valuables should be removed from display and keys taken out of the ignition.
Garden tools, lawnmowers, barbecue equipment and bicycles should be locked away, and sheds and outbuildings secured.
Police also want people to report suspicious activity by calling them on 101.