POLICE have warned that burglars will be targeting empty homes now that lockdown measures are easing.

With some residents heading back to work this morning, empty homes in Oxfordshire could be preyed on by criminals. Police say to hide expensive packaging from bins and close windows.

Other advice is to keep valuables out of sight and secure locks on sheds and garages.

In an online alert the force said: "It’s a fact that many burglars return to homes that they’ve previously burgled because the homeowner failed to upgrade security following the first burglary. They sometimes return to an area to try to burgle a nearby home that they spotted while committing a previous break in. Even more reason for you to ensure you keep your home as safe as houses."