BURGLARIES in Barry and Dinas Powys in recent weeks have prompted a police warning to local residents to ensure their properties are kept secure.

Police are urging people to be vigilant in light of the high number of recent burglaries, which have predominantly taken place during the day.

Detective inspector Terry Hopkins said: “In recent weeks, six very similar break-ins in the two areas have been reported to us.

"In each of the cases, the burglars have targeted properties whose occupants are clearly out, and in most instances have gained access by smashing a window at the back of the property.

"High value jewellery and small, expensive items, which are easy to carry away, were taken each time.

“While we don’t want to alarm anyone, I’d like to encourage the public to take all steps available to them to try and minimise the risk of them falling victim to burglars.

"Ensuring windows and doors are securely locked, installing alarms and CCTV, and keeping valuable items out of sight can all act as a deterrent to burglars."

Police say that they have stepped up patrols in the area and a dedicated operation to identify the culprits is underway. They have also called on the public to report any suspicious activity or noises to them straight away.

They also added that if people become aware of anyone trying to sell such items locally, police should be made aware.

Anyone with information is advised to contact 101, quoting occurrence 1800031409.