POLICE are urging Hadston residents to lock their windows and doors and help keep sneak thieves out of their homes after properties in the village were targeted.
Burglars stole a watch, a pocket watch and cash from an address in Woodside Crescent sometime over the last week after they got into the house through an unlocked rear door.
Cash and a purse were also stolen from the kitchen of a house in Warkworth Terrace between 12.55pm and 1.30pm on Saturday, after thieves entered the property through an unlocked back door.
Morpeth Neighbourhood Inspector Alison Best said: “These two crimes are the work of opportunist thieves who are scouring the area looking for homes where a window has been left open or a door left unlocked.
“The thieves are quick and will take anything that has been left on show. We need the public’s help to stop them.
“Regardless of where you live or how quiet an area your home is in, you can still be targeted by thieves if you leave windows and doors unlocked.
“Make sure they are secure, even when in the house, keep your valuables safe at all times and report any suspicious people or behaviour to police.”
Anyone with any information into the burglaries is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043043 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.