Nottinghamshire Police detectives have issued a warning for the local University student community to ensure all doors and windows are secured following an increase in burglaries.
The force has seen an increase in burglaries recently, with burglars targeting student addresses and stealing laptops and electrical items.
Detective Inspector Kayne Rukas from the force’s city burglary team is urging people to be vigilant and make sure their homes are secure.
He said: “With the clocks changing and the evenings being longer and darker, we often see an increase in house burglaries.
“We have seen a recent increase in burglaries in the Lenton, Arboretum and Radford areas where suspects have entered via insecure doors and windows.
“The reports have mainly come from University student addresses and we’ve had numerous reports of offenders walking into properties via unlocked doors. They are climbing into flats and houses through insecure windows, even onto upper floors and stealing the items.
“Laptops and electrical items are often taken, which often contain a lot of important study work and leaves the victims without their coursework and notes, which are obviously crucial for their studies.
“The nights are now darker for longer, so it’s so important to make sure your house or flat is secure. I also extend this advice to all communities in Nottinghamshire as most burglaries are committed by offenders entering through home insecurities be it open windows or unlocked doors.