Residents in the Tulketh and Ashton areas of Preston are being urged to be extra vigilant after a spike in burglary offences.
From July 1 to August 16, the areas saw 27 burglaries and 48 per cent of these happened because householders failed to secure their home.
Figures show that 13 homes were targeted because doors and windows were unlocked, allowing criminals easy access to take what they wanted.
Lea Sgt Paul McLernon said: “A person’s home is often the biggest financial investment of their life and inside that home are the things that are most dear to them – sentimental items, valuable possessions, and of course their family and other loved ones.
“It is disappointing to know that some of the burglaries that have taken place could have been avoided through simple crime prevention measures.”