HOME owners are urged to be on their guard for burglars as the temperatures rise.
An elderly couple were targeted in Woolmer Street, Emsworth, on Wednesday when they left doors and windows open while they watched television.
Between 3pm and 3.20pm their dog began barking and the husband found a man at the front door.
He asked for directions and walked off. The couple then realised a handbag containing £15 in cash had been stolen.
Inspector Rob Mitchell said: ‘We don’t expect residents to overheat in their homes during the hot weather, but please be aware of the consequences of leaving the doors and windows open and unattended.
‘It only takes a second for someone to reach in and grab your property. Also bear this advice in mind if you are working or relaxing in your garden.’
The suspect was white, around 5ft 6in, about 17, and slightly built with a local accent. He had short dark hair and was clean-shaven. He wore a striped T-shirt and khaki coloured shorts.
Call 101 with information.