Sneak thieves warning to householders

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POLICE are reminding people to close the door on opportunist thieves and keep their homes and property secure.

Durham Police say there have been a number of “sneak-in” burglaries in recent weeks, with offenders entering people’s homes by insecure doors, removing vehicle keys and making off with the occupiers’ vehicles.

Within the last week, two cars have been stolen from the Edenhill area of Peterlee, and an offender was disturbed at another property, all as a result of insecure front doors.

In the latest incident, a BMW was stolen from Horden.

Detective Constable John Woodhall, of Peterlee CID, said: “We will always aim to take effective action against these offenders and bring them to justice.

“We’re asking householders to help by keeping their homes secure at all times, and not leaving keys on open display where they can be easily accessible. These are opportunist thieves, so we’re asking people not to give them the opportunity in the first place.”

Two men, aged 22 and 23, from the Peterlee area were recently arrested and charged in connection with similar offences.