BEDWORTH homes have been targeted by thieves looking for Asian gold jewellery.
Residents are being warned to be on their guard as offenders are targeting properties.
Thieves forced their open the rear door of a home in Tresillian Road, Exhall and entered the house.
Once inside, the offenders stole a television and items of Asian gold jewellery.
A rear door of a property in Coventry Road, Exhall was forced open as well and thieves entered the house.
They also used a ladder to climb up and force open a bedroom window, but nothing was taken in the incident.
It is believed that the offenders were looking for items of Asian gold jewellery.
As reported in the Nuneaton News the problem of thieves targeting homes for the expensive jewellery is becoming an increasing problem in the borough.
Residents can follow simple steps to avoid becoming a victim of crime and losing their jewellery.
* Don’t leave gold jewellery insecure at home; if possible keep it in a wall or floor safe.
* Alternatively, secure gold jewellery in a bank, and only take it out for a special event, and return it as soon as possible after use.
*Photograph all items of jewellery, and retain those records.
*Have adequate household insurance that reflects the value the jewellery.
* Take the time to check that all doors and windows are secured at night, in particular those on the ground floor.
These are two of a number of incidents in the Bedworth and Exhall area.
Other break-ins happened at Trevose Avenue and Armson Road in Exhall and Sealand Drive and Newtown Road in Bedworth.
Criminals escaped with everything from golf clubs, a chainsaw, jewellery, television and an XBox.
General advice from Warwickshire Police to protect a property includes:
* Keep front, patio and back doors closed and locked whenelsewhere in the house or the garden.
* Ensure that all windows and external doors are not only closed but locked at night or when out of the house.
* Remember to close downstairs windows when leaving a room, to deter the opportunist thief.
* Fit good locks to doors and use them.
* Do not hide spare keys, leave them with someone who is trusted.
* Find out about property marking schemes such as Smartwater.
* Don’t leave curtains closed during the day.
* Leave a television or radio on to create the impression that someone is in.
* A visible burglar alarm can also act as an deterrent.
A spokesperson for Warwickshire Police’s Safer Neighbourhood Teamsaid: “Please remain alert, on the lookout for suspicious persons, vehicles or activity around your home or your area.
“Please report anything that you consider to be unusual or of concern, to police on 101.”