Christmas burglars have struck in a spate of break-ins which left families in despair just days before the big day.
Kenilworth police teams have reported a spate of break-ins and thefts across the town in December - just weeks after warnings over a rise in thefts of sat navs from cars.
Officers are now warning all families to be aware around the festive period when expensive items are on show in many households.
Incidents this month include a break-in and thefts on December 7 when thieves forced their way into a Rouncil Lane house via a back door
The next day, thieves stole from a Clinton Lane house by forcing open a window.
Around midday on December 17, a house in Red Lane, Burton Green was broken into through patio doors. Once inside, offenders made off with electrical goods and expensive items which were wrapped under the tree ready for Christmas day.
That same afternoon, a house in Crackley Lane was broken into via the patio doors and jewellery and electrical goods taken from inside,
And back in November, a house in Best Avenue was entered after offenders took out a panel from the kitchen door. Once inside they raided the house and made off -with jewellery, a DVD player, computer games and a console, a laptop, iPad and sound system.
Just days later, thieves smashed a fence and a hedge to gain entry at the back of a house in Farmer Ward Road.
But Fraser Pithie, who heads the Neighbourhood Watch scheme in Kenilworth, said despite a rise in problems, the town is lucky to have so few serious crimes as a whole.
“Unfortunately, in the last few days further crimes have taken place,” he said. “These have largely been traditional burglaries with doors or windows forced and in some cases numerous items stolen.
“We have had a share of burglaries this year, but albeit at very low levels. Serious violent crime has fallen again this year and that is to be welcomed.”
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