This is because home-owners tend to leave windows and doors open or unlocked in better weather.
“Please ensure you do not become a victim of burglary simply because you haven’t checked and closed or locked your doors and windows,” says Samantha Hancock, crime prevention manager for Nottinghamshire police.
“Sometimes, these burglaries even take place while people are at home. It takes a burglar only a few seconds to reach through an open window and grab items.
“Never leave any items of value, such as laptops, cameras, handbags, keys and wallets, in view of windows and doors. Even if you leave a room for just a few moments, it allows a thief the opportunity to take items quickly.”
Adds Samantha: “If you are spending time in another area of the house or out in the garden, make sure doors and windows are not left open in unattended rooms. Also, never leave keys in locks on the inside. We have received reports recently where offenders have reached through windows or cat-flaps to gain entry.”