Police have issued a warning to householders after two Rushden homes in one street were burgled this week.
The two properties in Mayes Dicks Road were broken into between 10.30pm on Monday, July 21 and 7.45am on Tuesday, July 22, when the offender or offenders got in through an open window.
Officers in the town have said people should make sure doors and windows are locked – and not left open because of the summer heat.
Inspector Phil Holton said: “Unfortunately this is a common problem, especially when we have good weather, and these aren’t the only burglaries we’ve had recently where windows have been left open or doors unlocked – it happens across the county.
“It’s may seem obvious advice but it’s important to get into the habit of locking all doors and making sure all windows are closed every time you go out and go to bed, and ideally when you leave the room too.
“When it’s hot, it can be tempting to leave a door or window open so the room is cooler when you need to use it; but many burglars are opportunists and will take advantage of an unlocked door or open window.
“Any items that can be stolen easily, such as keys, wallets, phones, laptops and tablets, should be kept in a safe place, out of sight and away from windows and doors. And make sure you take keys out of locks and keep them somewhere out of reach of letter boxes and cat flaps.”
Witnesses to the incidents in Rushden, or anyone who sees any suspicious activity, should call police on 101. Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
More crime prevention advice can be found by visiting Northamptonshire Police’s crime prevention page.