Police are advising residents in Broughton Astley how to improve their home security following a rise in burglaries.
During the period November 1 to December 31, 2013, there were fourteen burglaries across Broughton Astley compared to none during the same period the previous year.
Items which were stolen included cash, jewellery, cameras and electrical items such as laptops and iPads.
Sgt Paul Hardwick, of Harborough police, said: “Although this is a significant rise in burglaries for the area, police patrols have been increased to provide reassurance and hopefully to apprehend the offenders.
“We are asking local residents to be extra vigilant in the coming days and to report any suspicious activity to us by calling 101.”
Police issued the following advice:
Keep windows and doors locked and remove the key from the lock at all times, even when at home.
If you have an alarm system fitted, ensure you use it.
Consider using window shock alarms.
Use light timers to make your home appear occupied when you are out.
Use exterior security lighting around your home.
Make sure your property can’t be seen through the window.
Secure access to the rear of your property.
Be aware of people acting suspiciously near your home and report incidents immediately.
Officers are encouraging residents to register their valuable items at www.immobilise.com, the free UK national property register. This can increase the chances of your property being returned to you if it was stolen and later recovered.
For more advice on home security and advice on how to secure your home, visit www.leics.police.uk.
Anyone with information is asked to call Leicestershire Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.