Police are boosting patrols in the north of Sheffield after burglars raided homes for thousands of pounds worth of possessions.
Jewellery, money, televisions, a laptop and a games console were among items taken in the latest spate of burglaries in the area.
Most of the crimes have occurred during the day, with two in Parson Cross and another two in nearby Grenoside.
Chief Insp Richard Lambert said: “We are increasing patrols in these areas to act as a deterrent to criminals and provide reassurance to residents.
“However, we need people to play their part too by taking basic crime prevention measures such as making sure their homes are locked, marking property and keeping valuables out of sight.”
On Sunday at 4.45pm, a woman returning home to Elm Lane, Parson Cross, is believed to have passed on a side path the person who burgled her house. She found her rear ground-floor window had been smashed and a £400 laptop and £200 games console stolen. A television, taken from the living room, was recovered from the garden.
The suspect was a white man aged about 20, 6ft and wearing a dark ski jacket, a dark scarf covering his face, black gloves and a beanie hat with a stripe. He was carrying a holdall and a black back-pack.
Then on Monday, between 4pm and 6.20pm, a burglar used a Deerlands Avenue resident’s ladder to get in through a back bedroom window. Three TVs were stolen and the kitchen was ransacked.
A burglar also struck at a house on Blacksmith Lane, Grenoside, between 2.20pm and 3pm on Monday after breaking a lock on a patio door. All the rooms were searched, with jewellery and money taken.
Properties on Skew Hill Lane, Grenoside; Dryden Road, Southey Green; Glenwood Crescent, Chapeltown; Hinde House Crescent, Grimesthorpe; Beech Fern Close, High Green and St Michael’s Crescent, Ecclesfield have also been targeted.
n Anyone with information can call South Yorkshire Police on 101.