Police are warning Gainsborough residents to lock their doors while they are out in their gardens during periods of hot weather during the spring and coming summer.
A spokesman from Lincolnshire Police said: “Sneak-in burglaries do increase when the weather gets warmer and people spend more time in their gardens.”
“Thieves prowl residential areas looking for opportunities where people have left windows and doors open while they are out enjoying the sunshine.”
He continued: “For instance, one recent incident in the county took place while the occupants were in their back garden and a thief sneaked in through an unlocked back door and stole a laptop and a purse containing around £50 and bank cards.”
He added: “It only takes seconds for thieves to nip in and steal something.”
Residents are being urged to be vigilant when they are in their gardens or out and about and if possible, to make sure doors are locked.
You can report crime or suspicious activity to Lincolnshire Police on 0300 111 0300. Alternately, you can cive information on criminals operating in your area anonymously to independent charity, Crimestoppers, on: 0800 555 111.