Residents are being urged to secure their property following an increase in burglaries and car thefts in parts of Mansfield, Mansfield Woodhouse, Warsop and Pleasley.
Over the last two weeks, there have been 15 burglaries compared to just four in the same period last year.
Car theft has also been on the increase, with 18 incidents reported in the last two weeks - in the fortnight before, only six were reported.
Mansfield North Inspector Mark Webster is urging local residents to take simple precautions to ensure their property is protected. He said: “Unscrupulous thieves act on opportunity and if they see an open door, an unlocked window or an insecure car, they will not think twice about stealing your prized possessions.”
A number of burglaries in the area over the last two weeks are believed to have been the result of homes left insecure.
A handbag and car keys were stolen from a house in Kingsley Avenue, Mansfield Woodhouse. The burglar subsequently stole a Volkswagen Golf parked on the drive.
A Rover 25 car was snatched by burglars who took car keys from a house in Caunton Close, Meden Vale. The car was later found completely gutted after being set alight.
In another incident, a man’s wallet and clothing were stolen from a Vauxhall Corsa parked in Chesterfield Road South in Mansfield. It is thought thieves gained access into the car because it had been left unlocked.
Insp Webster added: “Officers are carrying out extra high-visibility patrols in the area to tackle the issue.”
Residents are advised to secure their homes and ensure doors and windows are locked. Items like laptops, cameras and mobile phones should not be left on show or near an open window. Car keys should also be kept out of view, as well as handbags, purses and wallets.
Car windows should not be left open and no items should be left out on show. Drivers should also park in well lit areas to deter thieves.
Anyone with information about the burglaries or car thefts should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 3009999 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.