POLICE are warning residents to be vigilant following a number of attempted break-ins.

Thieves have tried to break into four homes in Basildon, causing hundreds of pounds of damage.

Burglars tried to get in to a house in Chittock Mead, Basildon, between August 10 and 11. There was an attempted burglary at Mistley End, Basildon, between 6pm on August 10 and 6pm on August 11.

Would-be burglars targeted a house in Rippleside, Basildon, between 10am and 12.10pm on August 8 The final attempted burglary was at Malyons, in Pitsea, between noon on August 8 and noon on August 11.