Police have issued a warning after a string of similar burglaries in South Gloucestershire.

There has been eight break-ins in properties across Patchway and Bradley Stoke between 30 October and 8 November.

All of the incidents have happened during the day where criminals have targeted rear patio doors by smashing glass door windows and forcing the doors with an implement. Front doors have also been targeted in some of the properties.

No suspects have been identified by residents are being asked to report any individuals acting suspiciously and ensure their doors and property boundaries are secure.

South Gloucestershire Acting Neighbourhood Inspector, Adrian Fallows, said: “We take burglary very seriously and are committed to identifying and apprehending the individuals responsible.

“This latest spate of burglaries have happened in the daylight. We ask those residents who are at home during the day to keep a watchful eye on their neighbour’s properties and get in touch with the police if they spot any individuals acting suspiciously.

“We are continuing to work hard to reduce the number of burglaries in Avon and Somerset and encourage residents in South Gloucestershire to take note of our burglary prevention advice to make their properties as secure as possible.”

Anyone with information should call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5219261795.

Avon and Somerset Police have provided the following advice regarding securing doors and boundaries of properties:

  • Lock all your windows and doors every time you leave your house – even if you are just in the garden – and remembering to double lock UPVC doors.
  • Keep entrances to your property easily visible by ensuring nearby hedges and trees are well maintained.
  • Make sure boundaries to your property – including fencing and walls – are in a good state of repair.
  • Ensure any side gates are securely locked to prevent unwanted access to the rear of your property.
  • Where possible install a visual burglar alarm and an outside security light, ideally one of which is sensor-activated.
  • Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows.
  • Remove keys from door locks and store them out of sight.
  • Store any high value items such as jewellery and passports in a properly secured and hidden safe or bank vault.
  • Where possible, leave radios and lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied
  • Consider joining your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme.