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As temperatures rise, so do burglaries

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Thieves are taking full advantage of the recent warm weather, West Yorkshire Police have warned 

Officers in Leeds are urging people to make sure their homes are secure following a number of incidents where opportunist burglars were able to slip in through an open window.

Earlier this month two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of a burglary in Cross Hall Court, Morley in the early hours of the morning. 

The culprits climbed in through a downstairs window, which had been left open by the owner, and remove electrical goods.

In this case police made arrests, but officers have urged homeowners not to make it easy for the thieves.

Det Insp Mark Strother, of Leeds district neighbourhood crime team, said: “We are keen to remind people to be conscious that there are burglars out there looking to take advantage as people try to keep cool.

“Understandably people want to ventilate their homes but we need them to do it in a security conscious way to avoid them becoming a victim.

“We advise only opening doors and windows of rooms you are in and shutting them if you move elsewhere in the house. Keep any valuables, such as phones and car keys, out of sight and out of easy reach from doors and windows.”

Since the start of the heatwave, there has been a similar spike in burglary offences reported by forces across the country.