BURGLARS stole cash during a 'messy' search of an Oxford home.

The incident happened between 11.30am and 3.30pm on Friday in Trafford Road, Headington.

The burglars accessed the house through an insecure door, before searching the property and making off with the money.

If you have any information, you can make a report on the Thames Valley Police website or call 101, quoting reference 43190211188.

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Thames Valley Police has used the incident to remind people of its top tips to help protect their homes from burglars.

When you're at home, the top tips are:

  • Fit window opening restrictors to all ground floor and other easily accessible windows. This will allow ventilation while restricting access.
  • Close and lock all windows and doors, even if just out in the garden.
  • Remove window and door keys from the locks, store out of reach and away from your letterbox.
  • Keep valuables out of sight, along with any visible signs including charging cables.
  • Hide the keys to your vehicle, and if you have a keyless entry, store the fob in a RFID pouch to block the signal. 

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If you're going away:

  • Lock all windows and doors.
  • Check side gates, sheds and garages are locked and tools and ladders are not accessible to break into your home.
  • Store all keys out of sight and away from your letterbox, doors and windows.
  • Use a RFID pouch to store fobs for keyless entry vehicles.
  • Make your home look occupied by using a timer switch to turn on lights at night.
  • Ask a trusted friend to look after your home while you are away.
  • Invite a neighbour to park their vehicle on your drive while you are away.
  • Don’t post details about your holiday on social media until you return home.