Police officers from East Surrey are reminding residents to lock-up their properties over the bank holiday weekend to prevent burglaries in the area.
There has been a recent rise in burglaries around the A23 corridor – particularly in Merstham, South Redhill, Earlswood and Horley.
Detective Sergeant Ian Cherrington from East Surrey CID, said: “Understandably news of these burglaries will cause concern for residents in these areas but there are simple measures you can take in an attempt to prevent burglaries occurring.
“It is a common misconception that burglaries are planned and that offenders scope a property days before committing the offence, in reality most offences are opportunistic which is why it is essential to secure your property.
“The A23 is a popular route through East Surrey and I would ask anyone who is travelling in this area to keep an eye out for suspicious activity, especially those travelling to and from Gatwick Airport who are likely to be travelling at unsocial hours when offenders are likely to strike.”
Additional patrols by a number of different units, including CID, response officers and uniformed officers from the Reigate and Banstead Safer Neighbourhood team, will be taking place this weekend.
Information about keeping a property secure can be found by visiting www.surrey.police.uk.
Anyone with information about the burglaries can call Sussex Police on 101.