THE hot weather has sparked a police warning about opportunist thieves.
Officers are warning residents to be extra vigilant and ensure all windows and doors are kept locked when rooms or properties are being left unoccupied, even people they are just going into the garden.
Sussex Police is advising residents to keep wallets, purses, credit cards, car keys and other valuables secure and out of sight.
Those living in ground-floor flats or in flat-roof areas are urged to take extra care.
Residents are being urged to lock garden tools and ladders in a shed or garage after use.
They could be used to break into your home or that of your neighbours if left lying around.
And police are advising residents to double check fences and boundaries and fit outside security lighting or a visible alarm to deter opportunist burglars.
Anyone with information about crimes is urged to call Sussex Police on 101.
Alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org, or dial 999 in an emergency.