Home owners are being warned to keep their house secure in the warm weather so as not to tempt opportunist thieves.

POLICE are urging home owners to be aware of opportunist thieves when leaving their windows and doors open to keep their homes cool.

Bob Bunney, Devon and Cornwall Police's crime reduction lead, advises people to close and lock doors and windows when they are away from the property.

"During the summer months we do see a marked increase in house burglary reports with entry gained through windows left open in warmer weather," he said.

"Leaving a front door wide open, even when you are at home, provides an ideal opportunity for a criminal to reach inside and steal your valuables such as a wallet, handbag or car keys."

Police are offering the following tips for home owners to prevent their house from being burgled:

- Keep all windows and doors closed and locked

- Don't leave keys in locks especially near letterboxes or cat flaps (where burglars can get their hand through)

- Mark any valuable equipment appropriately and register it on www.immobilise.com

When going on holiday, home owners are advised to ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your home, collect mail to prevent it from piling up and draw your curtains.

Officers also warn not to advertise you are away on social media.

Anyone who needs to report a burglary can do so by contacting police on non-emergency number 101 or email 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk. In the event of an emergency dial 999.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.