Students warned over increasing burglary risk

An estate agents in Sheffield has warned students to remain vigilant following a recent spate of burglaries.

Tapton Estates, in Broomhill, issued a warning this week reminding tenants to keep their doors locked even when they are in.

They said: “The majority of burglaries have been through unlocked doors and windows. Opportunists will walk down a street just checking doors, maybe even knocking on the door to see if you are in and whether you keep your doors locked when you are in.

“Leaving belongings on show is temptation to a thief so please keep them out of sight and away from windows and doors.”

Someone who knows all too well about this is University of Sheffield student, Jack Pickering, whose house was broken into last month.

Mr Pickering, 20, returned home from a night out with friends to find his backdoor had been smashed through with a log.

Although the front door was locked, individual rooms inside the residence were left open and a games console, laptop and even aftershave was stolen.

He said: “Some guy probably saw us leaving and just seized the opportunity.”

Following the incident South Yorkshire Police provided Mr Pickering with house alarms to put on the ground floor windows.

He too warns you can never be too careful, suggesting to leave lights on when out to present the image that you are in.

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