Burglary warning for Tower Hamlets residents
Windows left open in scorching weather are believed to be behind a spate of burglaries reported in Tower Hamlets.
Opportunist thieves struck 18 homes in five days last week and police are warning people to take strong measures to secure their property.
One issue is people being burgled while in the home, due to goods being taken from unoccupied rooms where a window is left open.
Officers are also finding rows of adresses with tool marks on the doors, where burglars have gone from home to home to find doors which are not properly secured.
DCI John Elliott said: "Making sure that your doors are locked properly is just a small adjustment to your security routine that could mean that a burglar bypasses your home. It is important to remember that just lifting the handle on a UPVC door closes it, it doesn't lock it.
"Open windows are also an attraction for the opportunist burglar. During the summer months it is tempting to throw open your windows, but if you leave an open window unattended you could be letting in more than fresh air.
"The effects of becoming a victim of burglary run far deeper than a loss of property and burglary is not something that happens to 'other people'. The fewer residents that have to endure the ordeal of becoming a victim of this distressing crime, the happier I will be."
If you have information about burglary or the sale of stolen goods contact police by dialling 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.