POLICE in Barnsley have reminded residents that the good weather could easily cause a sudden rise in burglaries.

As people leave themselves vulnerable to opportunists and sneaks, most burglary offences occur in homes where doors and windows are left insecure.

The warmer weather will bring out burglars as people leave doors and windows open or on a locked latch with handbags, purses and keys left very close to the open door.

Homeowners are also leaving ground floor doors and windows open or unlocked - which burglars can easily reach and climb through.

If anyone would like any further information regarding the security of their homes, they're advised to contact their local Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.