A series of theft in England has caused attention to cat owners from the authorities.
It has been reported three incidents, two of which car keys have been stolen and in another incident house keys have been stolen. The police suspected that someone used of a long hook-ended pole pushed through the cat flap.
In one burglary in Cambridgeshire, over ￡1,000 of property has been stolen, which includes jewellery and computer equipment.
According to a community safety officer, each cat owner should be carefully about the location before fitting a cat or dog flap.
If possible, make the entrance connect an outbuilding such as a shed or garage or a room that can be locked from anywhere in the house.
For those who already have a cat flap, police give them a warning that never leave keys near windows or doors.
Another detective sergeant said that this method has been widely used before in other parts of County Durham as well as elsewhere in the North East.
The police so far have no idea whether these incidents have been conducted by the same offenders, now they could operate the incidents in a different area or other crooks with the same method.
To say the least, people should not place their car keys in a place they themselves can reach.