Crawley residents have been advised by police to lock their doors even when they are at home following a spate of burglaries.
There has been a number of break-ins to homes in Broadfield, West Green and Southgate in recent months, where handbags, cash and small items have been stolen during the evenings.
Police said the burglars have got in through unlocked doors when the occupants are at home, though no victims have been confronted.
Investigator Rebecca Doherty said: “The crime is complete in a matter of seconds as the personal items are stolen from areas close to where the intruders have got in.
“Victims are often unaware that they have been burgled until they cannot find their belongings.
“We are advising residents to make sure their doors are locked and they do not store handbags, wallets and cash near external doors.”
Anyone with information about these burglaries can contact police by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 101 quoting Operation Crocus.
Alternatively you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org)g
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