POLICE are urging people to make sure they lock their doors following a spate of burglaries in Bridgwater.

Sgt Chris Walls told the Mercury there has been several ‘creeper burglaries’ over the last few days, where opportunist thieves have been preying on homeowners who have forgotten to lock their doors.

He said: “People might be in their garden enjoying the hot weather and they won’t have locked the front door because they’re at home. But it only takes seconds for a thief to come in and grab something.

“There can be a slight rise in burglaries over the summer months, but we want to warn residents this has been happing in Bridgwater and to remember to lock their doors and not leave windows open if you are not inside.”

Police have been speaking with the victims, offering crime prevention advice and making door to door enquiries. If anyone believes they are witnessing a burglary taking place they should call 999.

Tony Alderman, crime reduction officer for Somerset West, said: “These crimes have been occurring between the hours of 3am and 5am.

“The thieves are opportunists and will go around just trying doors, going in, doing a quick search and within 30 seconds they could have grabbed money, purses, wallets, a laptop – anything that’s left out.

“If you see anyone acting suspiciously, please tell police. We’d rather be called to something that turns out to be innocent, then not be called to something serious.”