Lincolnshire Police are once again reminding students to make sure their windows and doors are locked when they leave their homes.
The advice comes after a spate of burglaries in Lincoln’s student areas.
Inspector Mark Garthwaite said: “It takes minutes to nip in through an open window or door to steal something like a phone, which can be worth up to £400.
“Please make sure that even if you are away from your house or flat for a very short period of time, you lock your doors and windows.
“Thieves are on the lookout in residential areas as the nights draw in so don’t make it easy for them.
“It’s also a good idea to buy some cheap timer switches for your lights from a DIY shop. They make your house look occupied in the early evening before you get home.”
On November 1 between 7.30pm and 11pm, an offender walked into a student flat on Holmes Road and stole an iPod touch from the communal area.
Along Gresham Street, another offender let themselves in through the back door between 10.30pm and 11pm on October 29 and stole a BlackBerry phone.
Anyone with information on the above burglaries should call Lincolnshire Police on 0300 111 0300.