POLICE are renewing their appeal for residents to keep their homes and cars secure during the summer months.

As temperatures rise, homeowners across Ellesmere Port are being urged to remain security conscious about leaving windows and doors open.

Detective Inspector Sharon Case, who heads Chester Proactive CID, said: “As the lighter nights and spells of warmer weather creep in, there tends to be an increase in the number of sneak-in burglaries – where criminals take advantage of residents who leave windows open, patios unlocked and doors ajar.

“I cannot stress enough how vital it is for people to be security conscious and maintain their personal security so criminals don’t exploit the opportunity of an open door or window to enter your home and steal your belongings.”

Detective Sergeant Simon Parker investigates burglaries and vehicle crime in the Western area.

Det Insp Case added: “We often find that during warm weather drivers aren’t as careful to secure their cars – they may leave windows or a sunroof open which makes it very easy for opportunist thieves to get into your car and steal valuable items such as sat-nav systems, phones and even handbags or clothing that may be left inside.

“I would urge all car owners to check windows and doors are fully locked and secure before leaving their vehicles unattended.”

Residents are reminded to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity.

If you have any information in relation to burglaries in the Western Area or see anyone acting suspiciously, call Cheshire Constabulary on 0845 458 0000. This number can also be used to speak to a crime reduction adviser for more information on how to protect your home.