Hamilton police are investigating a number of residential break ins in the Dundas area.
The incidents happened Sunday and yesterday between 11:30pm and 9am.
An unknown number of suspects entered five homes, all two storey residences.
Police say they got inside through unlocked doors and windows while occupants slept on the 2nd floor.
Electronics and cash were taken from the homes.
The Hamilton Police Service is suggesting some simple steps that can help prevent a break and enter to your home.
-Be mindful of your security habits. Lock all accessible windows and doors when going out, even for short trips. Window and door screens do not stop criminals.
-Protect yourself by ensuring all residential windows and doors are locked EVEN when you are outside in your backyard or inside your house.
-Limit the size of accessible window openings if they are being used for ventilation at night. You can do this, by installing a securable window stop.
-Never store ladders on the exterior of your house as this can provide access to windows that are otherwise inaccessible.
-Consider adding motion activated lights, trimming up trees, trimming back bushes or altering fencing so that intruders can be kept under observation.
-Please keep your motor vehicle locked and all valuables removed from within and always remember to remove your electronic garage door opener.
-Report suspicious persons or activities in your neighbourhood to police immediately or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
The Hamilton Police Service Auxiliary Branch also provides free home security audits.
Safeguard audits not only serve to educate home owners against potential break and enters, but also provide “target hardening” recommendations which may protect home owners against crime.
To receive a free residential security audit contact the Hamilton Police Service Auxiliary Branch at 905-546-4900.