POLICE have warned residents to be on their guard after more than 40 homes were burgled in a month.
Between September 20 and October 19 there were 42 reports in Havant and Waterlooville and police are investigating whether they are linked.
Some of the homes may have been insecure and jewellery, rather than larger items, have been taken on a number of occasions.
Around 40 per cent of the burglaries took place on a Friday.
A house in Eastern Road, Havant, was targeted on September 26.
At some point between 7pm and 11pm jewellery was taken from inside the property, larger items such as electronics were left untouched.
There were no signs of forced entry and it is thought a window or door at the back of the house could have been unlocked.
In a statement Havant police said: ‘As the clocks have just gone back, it’s important to remember that in the winter the lack of lights on in a house during the darker evenings can indicate that no-one is home – attracting an opportunist burglar to look further for insecurities to enter the property.
‘Leaving a light on while you are out and shutting the curtains helps to make a home look occupied.
‘Timer switches can be used to turn lights on in dark evenings before you return from work.’
There were 15 incidents in Bedhampton and Barncroft, 10 in Emsworth, and nine in the south of Waterlooville.
Hayling was struck three times and Waterlooville north five times.
For more home safety advice from police go to bit.ly/1ilvYDS.