Thames Valley Police is warning householders to be on their guard after a number of burglaries in the Milton Keynes and Bletchley area in recent weeks.
On several occasions, burglars were able to enter homes through open windows and unlocked doors.
Det Con Reg Jones, Milton Keynes burglary co-ordinator, said: “With the darker days of winter about to start, it is timely to warn residents that burglary tends to rise around this time of year. Partly this is because homes are more obviously unoccupied in the early evening before people return from work.
“Contrary to popular belief, burglars are more active in the daytime than at night. Most burglaries take place during the day, particularly between 4pm and 7pm on dark winter evenings.”
Burglaries have taken place in Oxford Street, Bletchley, on October 6, Langdale Close, Bletchley, on October 9, Howitt Drive, Bradville on October 10, Lennox Road, Bletchley, on October 11, Sullivan Crescent, Browns Wood on October 13, Fosters Lane, Bradwell, on October 14, Bay Lane, Ravenstone, Olney, on October 16, and Manor Road, Fenny Stratford on October 17.