Spate of sneak-in burglaries in Beverley Road area of Hull
BURGLARS have been sneaking into occupied houses in Beverley Road to steal electronic items.
There has been a spike in crime on both sides of the street in the past two weeks, around the Queens Road area.
Police say the area has seen ten burglaries in the past fortnight, compared with just three in the fortnight before that.
Thieves have been entering through unlocked doors during the day while the owners are at home or forcing their way inside while owners are out.
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Detective Inspector Simon Henrickson of Hull's priority crime team said: "People are trying front doors and walking into premises.
"Our message is if you're home, lock your door.
"Just because you're in your home doesn't mean someone won't just walk into it."
Student houses have been targeted in the raids.
Det Insp Henrickson said their doors might have been left unlocked so other occupants can get inside.
He said: "We've had quite a few daytime offences.
"Some of them are in the early morning when people are leaving at 6am and leaving the front door open because other people will be getting up shortly."
Because the burglaries have been a mixture of sneak-ins and break-ins, Det Insp Henrickson said it was possible they were being committed by two distinct groups.
He said: "We've got two distinct types of offences so that would point to two different people, although that doesn't always ring true."
Police have stepped up patrols along Beverley Road in an attempt to deter thieves.
Forensic evidence has been recovered from at least one crime scene and officers are also looking to trace stolen property.
The detective warned families not to buy anything if its history seemed dubious.
He said: "Don't be tempted to buy anything door-to-door.
"If a deal looks too good to be true then it is, generally.
"If you've got any concerns about items for sale, give us a ring."
People who are concerned about burglaries can visit the Humberside Police website at www.humberside.police.uk for crime prevention advice.
Anyone worried they have been offered stolen laptops or games machines for sale should call police on 101, or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.