Police are warning Bedford and Rockingham residents to lock up after a rash of break and enters.

Six residences in the Ridgevale, Eaglewood, Basinview and Rockingham subdivisions were broken into late at night on past weekends. The homeowners were inside and asleep during the thefts.

The thieves stole purses and wallets as well as electronics.

Police say the thieves entered the various residences through unlocked doors or by removing screens on open windows.

While it is tempting to leave windows and doors open in homes during hot and humid weather, police advise locking doors and windows to prevent crimes of opportunity from occurring.