CUMBRIA Police are urging householders to keep their doors and windows locked to prevent ‘sneak-in’ thefts. 

Figures show that for the past three years 40 per cent of burglaries across the county have been a result of properties being left insecure.

The most common items stolen are handbags, cash, mobile phones, laptops and keys - objects which are easy to take and carry away.

Chief Superintendent Steve Johnson said: “The way in which some criminals work has changed.

“They will wander the streets, looking for open windows, trying front and back doors to see if they are open.

“The answer is a simple one, lock windows and doors that you are not going to hear being opened. Don’t let thieves have easy access to your homes.

“We also ask that if you see anyone acting suspiciously in your community then call us, please make a note of descriptions of clothing and direction of travel.”

PCSO Emma Forrester for Ulverston & the Lakes is running a Crime Prevention and Bike Marking Surgery on January 25 in Coniston.

Local residents and visitors to the area are invited to join Emma and her colleagues from Cumbria Police in the Main Hall at Coniston Institute, Yewdale Road, from 10am-12pm.