POLICE in Scarborough are appealing for witnesses following a number of recent burglaries in the area.
Detectives are investigating four incidents in the Scalby, Burniston, Newby Farm and Cloughton areas over the past month.
One each occasion properties were entered at the rear, mainly through insecure windows or doors.
During a burglary in Station Road, Scalby, on Sunday May 13, a quantity of Icelandic Krona was taken and police would like to speak to anyone who has been offered any currency of this kind recently.
The offenders gained entry to the property through a rear door while the occupant was in the front garden.
Officers are also investigating a break-in at a property in Coastal Road, Burniston, sometime between 10.30am and 12.30pm on Tuesday May 1. Offenders smashed a rear window to gain entry to the address while the homeowner was out but it is not thought anything was stolen on this occasion.
Offenders also gained entry to a property in Ellison Avenue, Newby Farm, on Tuesday, through an insecure bathroom window while the occupant was out and stole a sum of cash.
Another offence occurred at around 6.10pm on April 26 when offenders got through the kitchen window of an address in Hood Lane, Cloughton, while the occupants were in and stole a handbag and some jewellery.
Police are urging residents to be vigilant and ensure that all windows and doors are kept locked even when at home or out in the garden.
Detective Sergeant Steve Paxton, of Scarborough CID, said: “With summer approaching it is important that householders keep their properties secure at all times.
“While residents are out enjoying their gardens, it is an ideal opportunity for sneak-in thieves to target properties unnoticed.
“Don’t make life easy for them. Keep all windows and doors securely locked even if you are inside or just popping into the garden for a few minutes and ensure no valuables are left on display.”