Warning after insecure homes hit by opportunistic burglars
Police have warned residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to securely lock their doors and windows at night following several burglaries in the area.
Homes in Brent Knoll are among five in the district that have been burgled in overnight raids where property, including electrical items and jewellery, have been stolen.
It also follows a burglary at a Burnham town centre home earlier this month.
Five homes across the district have been burgled in recent days, with offenders gaining access through insecure windows and side doors.
Detective Constable Christine Russell told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "A large number of burglaries happen due to doors and windows being left unlocked. There are a number of simple ways you can protect your home and yourself from becoming a victim of crime."
"Always lock your doors, windows and any gates, which allow access to the back of your house, when you are out. Don't leave the packaging from new goods, especially expensive electrical items, such as flat screen TVs, outside your house. It advertises what new items you have. Take them to the tip or recycling centre."
"If you are out in the evening, leave a light on a timer switch and a radio playing. If possible, leave a car on the drive. Don't advertise the fact you are out. Also, make sure that hedges and plants are not overgrown and cannot be used by burglars to hide from view."
Police have urged anyone with information regarding the burglaries in Brent Knoll to contact police on 0845 456 7000 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.