HOUSEHOLDERS are being warned to watch out for burglars during the current heatwave.
Cleveland Police Crime Prevention Team says thieves are on the prowl looking to steal from sheds and garages.
They are also warning residents to keep front doors locked if you are in the back garden and to close doors and windows when going out.
Steve Cranston, crime prevention officer, said: “Although our homes can become stiflingly hot in this heat, please remember to close your windows before you go out, as the thieves will take advantage and will soon be in your home.
“Thieves will also be prowling, trying the door to your shed or garage so make sure that you keep it locked and secured with a good lock.
“They will be looking to steal lawnmowers, tools, bikes or crates of lager from your sheds, so make sure you always remember to lock up.”
For advice on crime prevention and property marking call the Crime Prevention Team on 101.