Police in Norwich are urging householders to be vigilant and make sure windows are not left wide open overnight following a series of burglaries in the city.

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Detectives are investigating five break-ins at sheltered housing sites which have happened since Wednesday night.

In all cases burglars have crept into homes through open windows or unlocked doors, prompting a home security warning from officers.

Two homes in Waddington Court were targeted by thieves overnight on Wednesday, August 15, and Thursday, August 16. A mobile phone and wallet were stolen from one home which had an open ground floor window, while a handbag was taken from the hallway of another house after thieves entered through an unlocked front door.

A property in Brakendon Close was also targeted by thieves overnight on Thursday who entered through an open bedroom window and stole a Sony laptop and jewellery.

A further two homes were targeted in Don Pratt Court overnight and into the early hours of Monday morning. A wallet was stolen from one home after a patio door had been left open overnight while an intruder fled the scene from another home after being disturbed while trying to climb through the bedroom window. Nothing was stolen from this address.

Officers have increased patrols in the areas and on Saturday night discovered 15 windows open at homes in and around Waddington Court.

Chief Inspector Dennis Lacey said: “We’re urging residents to get into a routine at night, to check that doors and windows are closed. The majority of burglaries are opportunistic and offenders will be brazen enough to simply try doors handles or climb through open windows. The impact of burglary cannot be underestimated and we do not want people to suffer unnecessarily.”

Ch Insp Lacey also urged residents to report suspicious activity to police by calling 101.

He said: “If you see anything unusual or out of the ordinary in your community then please call it in. We can quickly dispatch officers to the scene and the sooner we are called, the greater chance we have of detaining a suspect.”

Further crime prevention advice is available at www.norfolk.police.uk

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