Burglars are continuing to target homes in Cheshire despite the current coronavirus crisis, particularly in the Macclesfield area.
In the space of a week police received reports of 50 residential burglaries across the county including 16 in the Macclesfield area which includes which covers - Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Congleton, Knutsford, Macclesfield and Poynton.
Criminals have targeted sheds, outbuildings and garages stealing valuables from inside.
There were also 10 incidents reported in Warrington and eight in Chester – with a further 16 reported across the rest of the county.
Residents are being urged to think about security in their home to reduce the chances of falling foul of thieves.
Superintendent Richard Rees said: "Despite the current lockdown, which is aimed at people staying at home to help save lives and protect the NHS, it is clear that thieves are still targeting homes in Cheshire.
"Criminals adapt to situations and will still find ways to commit crime even during difficult times like this.
"We need everyone to ensure they are thinking about security at home. During this period people are spending a lot of time out in their garden and clearing out their garage or shed and I'd encourage you to remember to keep them locked and secure.
"Even if you don't think a burglar would target your home, it's not worth the risk."
Officers are carrying out patrols in the local community anda number of enquiries in a bid to trace those responsible.
Residents are advised to follow the safety advice below:
• Check outbuildings, sheds and garages are locked and secure
• Keep windows shut when unoccupied
• Keep personal items such as bikes and gardening tools stored away and out of sight
• Invest in strong padlocks to fit to sheds and/or garages or have them fitted with an alarm
If you have been a victim of a burglary please report it by contacting Cheshire Police on 101 or visiting https://www.cheshire.police.uk/