Police in Rotherham are urging residents to put a new euro lock at the top of their Christmas list following a spate of burglaries.
Burglars have struck at several homes in the area recently, all of which had doors fitted with old euro locks.
Electrical items and a watch was stolen from a house at Kilnhurst Road, Rawmarsh, between noon and 6pm on Monday, December 2.
In addition, a home in Main Street, Rawmarsh, was also broken into between Sunday evening and Monday morning, but nothing was stolen.
Police believe the two incidents may be linked.
Detective Inspector John Hobson said: “People can buy new snap and bump safe locks for around £50, which could potentially save them thousands of pounds and a lot of aggravation and heartache in the long run.
“Anyone with a standard uPVC door that was fitted over 18 months ago probably has a standard cylinder or profile lock too, which can be broken in a matter of seconds.
“Newer locks are made up of more parts, making it tougher for criminals to get through the door.
“I’d urge residents to check which locks they have on their doors and if they are the old type then to put `new locks’ on their Christmas list.”
For more information about euro locks visit the South Yorkshire Police website at www.southyorks.police.uk and click on `help and advice’, then `crime prevention advice’, then `home safety’ and finally `protecting your property’.
A link to `Secured by Design,’ which lists accredited suppliers, is also available.
South Yorkshire Police launched Operation Lockdown in October to combat house burglary and vehicle crime.
More than 700 people have been arrested so far.