A series of burglaries has led police to issue a warning to people in South Norfolk to pay extra attention to their home security.

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Thieves have targeted homes in Ellingham, near Bungay, and Geldeston, near Beccles, taking items including handbags and jewellery.

In several incidents someone has gained access to homes by going through unlocked doors and windows.

PC Penny Farrow said: “With the lighter evenings and warmer weather it is all too easy to leave doors and windows open and it is these lapses in security which can often give rise to opportunistic crime.

“Burglaries are often opportunistic crimes and by taking a few simple steps, such as removing valuable items from display, you can help avoid becoming a victim of crime.

“Open windows and doors will also catch the attention of would-be thieves who will be looking out for gaps in home security. I would urge householders to look at their home security through a thief’s eye and don’t be an easy target.”

Cash, cards and the key to a Fiat Bravo were taken from a handbag in a house in West End, Geldeston, between 5.15pm and 7.30pm on Thursday, March 8.

The car was then stolen overnight on Wednesday, March 14.

A handbag and briefcase, containing documents, a Dell laptop and Blackberry, were taken from a house in Pool Lane in Ellingham between 10.15pm and 10.45pm on Wednesday, March 14.

A man was also seen acting suspiciously in Old Yarmouth Road, in Ellingham, shortly after 8pm on Monday, March 19.

Police are connecting the incidents and appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with information should contact Great Yarmouth CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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