AN opportunist night-time burglar is targeting terraced houses at the back of St Helens Town Hall.
Detectives say there has been a spate of carbon-copy burglaries in the area in the last few weeks.
In each incident, an offender, believed to be local, is strolling up and down the streets and trying front doors in a bid to gain easy entry.
Once inside an unlocked property, the offender typically rifles through the downstairs rooms before stealing cash and valuable items such as computers.
Detective Inspector Gail Rooney, of St Helens CID, told the St Helens Reporter that it is vital that residents lock their front doors and keep valuables out of sight from passers-by on the street.
DI Rooney said: “There have been five or six similar incidents in the last three weeks in which a burglar or burglars targets unlocked properties in the early hours of the morning and steals whatever valuables are left on display.
“Along roads like Vincent Street the front doors open out straight onto the street so it’s important that residents lock their doors and keep their valuables out of sight.”
DI Rooney added: “We would all like to live in a place where people can still leave their doors open like in times gone by but, sadly, that’s not the case anymore.”
Anyone with any information about these incidents can contact St Helens CID on 0151 777 1565 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.