We’re being reminded not to leave windows open when leaving the house in Eastbourne.
It follows a spate of burglaries in Langney, where thieves took advantage of windows being left ajar during the recent warmer weather. Items stolen have included handbags, wallets, keys and war memorabilia.
Sergeant Mark Davis, of the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team, said, "We'd ask residents in general, but those in the Langney area in particular, to be extra vigilant over such thefts.
"They should ensure all doors and windows are shut, locked and secure, and keep all valuables out of sight and out of reach. They're also asked to report anything suspicious as soon as possible to allow officers to respond promptly.
"Even if only out in the garden, it is best to ensure houses are left secured against any opportunist intrusion."
Further advice includes considering the installation of intruder alarms and registering property online to increase chances of it being returned if stolen and later recovered.
If a crime is believed to be in progress, dial 999 immediately and ask for police. Otherwise please provide information by emailing email@example.com or phone 101.
Alternatively, details can be left with the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111,