HOMEOWNERS across Crewe and Nantwich are being urged to stay security conscious and keep their houses secure – even when they are at home.

Police across the eastern area of Cheshire are renewing their appeal for residents to keep their homes and cars secure now that the warmer summer months are upon us bringing more temptation to leave doors and windows open or unlocked.

Chief Insp Paul Carroll told the Guardian: “During the spells of warm weather, there tends to be an increase in the number of opportunist ‘sneak in’ burglaries – where criminals take advantage of residents who leave windows open, patios unlocked and doors ajar.

“It is vitally important to have an awareness of your personal and home security so criminals don't exploit the opportunity of an open door or window to enter your home and steal your belongings.”

The advice offered by Chief Insp Carroll is echoed by Det Sgt Andy McGillan who investigates burglaries and car crime in Crewe and Nantwich.

He offered similar words of warning to car owners: “During hot weather, some drivers aren't as careful to secure their cars – they may leave windows or a sunroof open which makes it very easy for opportunist thieves to steal valuable items such as mobile phones, handbags or sat-nav systems.

“When leaving your car, take a minute to double check it is fully secure.”

Residents are being reminded to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police.

If you have any information in relation to burglaries in the Eastern area of Cheshire, or see anyone acting suspiciously please call Cheshire Police on 101.

This number can also be used to speak to a member of your neighbourhood policing team for more information on how to protect your home against criminals.