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DETECTIVES are warning people to better secure their homes after figures show 40 per cent of burgled houses were unlocked.

Last year there were 805 reports of burglaries at homes in Portsmouth and 326 of them had been left unlocked.

Detective Constable Chris Dinenage said: ‘We will continue to do all we can to investigate these crimes and catch the people responsible but you can help prevent it happening in the first place.

‘A large number of these crimes can be avoided if you always lock your doors and windows when you are away from the home, in another room or sleeping.’