A WARNING has been issued by police following a series of burglaries in which thieves have tricked their way into homes by posing as tradespeople.

According to detectives, criminals have been visiting the victim’s home on apparently official business, such as a salesperson, from a utility company or there to do work on their house before stealing cash and goods once they have gained access.

During one such theft, the burglar made off with around £3000 worth of jewellery after claiming that he was carrying out painting and decorating work at his victim's house.

Detective Chief Inspector Joe Harrop said: “Most people who call at your home will be genuine, however it’s important to remain vigilant and not feel pressured when answering the door to someone you don’t know, it’s also important when hiring tradespeople, to take recommendations from people you trust or get references from past customers.

“Remember, if in don’t, keep them out, and if you have any suspicious call the police on 101, make a report online at www.gmp.police.uk.

"Always call 99 in an emergency."

Officers recommend that residents should always ask for identification before letting someone they don't know into their home and that they should only hire reputable firms for work around the house.