Haverhill’s policing commander has warned house occupants not to leave their keys inside their back doors after a rash of burglaries over the last two weeks bearing similarities.
Inspector Peter Ferrie said burglars are taking advantage of keys being left in the locks of rear doors with glass panes in them by smashing the glass and putting their hand through to unlock the door and ransack the property.
He said: “They are a combination of day time and night time ones so we can’t say they are the same MO but several of them have been the same where they have smashed a window to a rear patio door, quite often with a key inside the door.
“A particular signature of most of these is a very untidy search. Most burglars will know what they are looking for and will go through a couple of drawers, but these burglars are making a real mess of the place.”
Two such break-ins took place in Haverhill on September 23.
One took place in Hill Crescent and resulted in a number of items of jewellery being stolen, while a house in Weddell Road was also broken into.
There was also an attempted burglary at a house in Hadrian Close between 5pm and 11pm on September 19.
Insp Ferrie said: “The security advice I would be giving is don’t leave your keys in the back door because if they break the glass they can get in easily.
“It’s not a very sophisticated MO so we could be looking for a very young offender. If anyone sees someone they don’t know lurking around the place please call us on 999.”