Knaresborough residents have been left 'upset and shaken' after burglars sneaked into their home and stole items, while young children were in the house.
North Yorkshire Police are appealing for Knaresborough homeowners to lock their doors and windows and light up their homes, to keep opportunistic burglars away.
The advice comes after two burglaries were reported in the area on November 9 and 11.
On November 9, thieves forced entry, through the rear patio doors of a property on Abbey Road, between 11.45am and 12.15pm and stole a handbag and pearl necklace.
The second incident was a sneak-in burglary on November 11 between 5.30pm and 6.50pm at a property on Castle Yard in Knaresborough.
Thieves gained entry to the house through an insecure rear door and took the owners purse, including a contactless card which was then used in numerous stores in the area.
DC Quita Passmore said: "These two incidents have left both the home owners very upset and shaken - particularly the victims of the sneak in burglary who were home with young children at the time.
"Residents are advised to keep their doors and window locked, even when they are at home, as offenders know that when it gets dark and people are expecting loved ones home - doors might be open and the noise of a door opening and closing may not be unexpected or raise suspicion.
"If you are leaving your property at night time, leave a light and a radio or TV on so it appears and sounds like there is someone home - don't give opportunistic thieves the chance."
Police are appealing to anyone who was in the area of the two properties at the time of the burglaries, and witnessed anything suspicious to contact them.
Call 101 or email Quita.Passmore@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk