BURGLARS are using a lock-snapping technique to break into homes in Warrington, police have warned.

Cheshire Police have urged residents to review their home security while enquiries continue to find those responsible.

Detective constable Ian Morris said: “As we believe burglars are using a lock snapping technique to force entry into houses there are a number of ways residents can help protect their homes.

“For example, are you making sure your windows and doors are locked and secure, even if you are at home, to make it difficult for opportunists?

"Do you have a house alarm, or alarms on your doors and windows or would you consider getting an anti-snap lock?

“I would also advise people not to leave valuables near windows where they can be seen from the outside.

"It is an added incentive for a burglar if they know there is something good on offer before they break-in.

"Security lights on the outside of a house are a good investment as they will remove some of the disadvantage of the darker evenings.

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"More often than not, traditional burglars target houses while the occupier is out.

"It is worth spending a few pounds on time switches to turn some inside lights on as daylight fades.

"If the house looks occupied the burglar will hopefully turn away.

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"Think about investing in a security alarm system and, if you have one fitted, be sure to set it every time you go out and when you go to bed."