NINE houses in Portsmouth have been burgled in the last week.
Police are advising residents to be vigilant following an increase in incidents which have seen iPads, iPhones and bank cards stolen.
Officers say the opportunistic thieves have targeted at least nine homes with open windows since Monday, August 15.
Roads targeted include Coronation Homes, Northern Parade; Phoenix Square, Hilsea; Jervis Road and Strode Road in Stamshaw and Burbidge Grove, Nettlestone Road, Boulton Road, Jessie Road and Outram Road in Southsea.
Detective Sergeant Martin Crocker said: ‘With the increased temperatures over the past week, we’ve seen an increase in burglaries in Portsmouth.
‘Opportunistic thieves take advantage of insecure homes, therefore I would urge residents to ensure they lock windows and doors securely before going to bed and to not leave valuables on display.
‘I would also encourage people to register their valuables on the free immobilise.com site, as this increases their chances of being returned to the rightful owner.’
Anyone with any information about these incidents should call 101.