Homeowners in Killamarsh are being reminded to keep their homes secure and their valuable items, especially car keys, out of sight after a series of burglaries in the village.
Detectives are investigating a series of incidents with 14 burglaries reported to us in March alone.
In one incident, at a property in Primrose Lane just before 3am on Tuesday 14 March, the offenders entered the house and grabbed the keys to three Audi cars, taking them off the driveway.
Two cars were also taken from a house in Ivyside Gardens at 2.50am on Monday 20 March with the suspects taking an Audi A3 and VW Transporter.
Detectives are appealing for anyone who has seen someone acting suspiciously or any suspicious vehicles, especially between 1am and 5am to get in contact to help with our enquiries.
Residents can take a number of steps to keep their homes and property safe including:
Keep windows and doors locked and secure at all times, whether you are in or out of your home.
Keep valuables out of sight and out of reach of cat flaps, letterboxes, downstairs doors and windows.
Leave your car keys in a secure place and not on a key hook.
Use outdoor security lighting.
Make your home look occupied when you are out – draw your curtains, leave a lamp on or leave a radio playing.
If it will be dark before you get home, set your lights on timers.
Consider fitting a burglar alarm – make sure it is installed properly by a reputable firm and is working. Also remember to set it before you leave home, or if you’re going to sleep.
Keep gates, garages, sheds or outbuildings secure.
What’s in your garden that could potentially aid a burglar? Lock away ladders and gardening tools to prevent them being used to access your home.
Never leave a spare key outside of your house – burglars know the usual hiding spots.
Consider installing a video doorbell or CCTV to help you know who’s outside your property.
If you do have information about the incidents that will help our officers with their enquiries, you can contact us using the methods below:
You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111, or by visiting the