A WOMAN has been charged with glassing another girl in a weekend which saw 18 people arrested for various offences by Tamworth police.
Police have been kept busy with break-ins but said many homeowners are leaving doors and windows open as the region bakes in the hot weather.
In one of the latest incidents, officers believe thieves climbed through a ground floor window to get into a Kalinda St home in Tamworth about 2am on Monday.
Two people were asleep at the time and awoke to find an intruder inside the bedroom about 2.15am.
They gave chase but the offenders escaped with a tablet device, a mobile phone, a handbag, wallet and gaming console.
It’s believed the wallet and handbag were recovered on Monday but the thieves made off with the bank cards.
It follows similar incidents in recent weeks and police are pleading with locals to secure their valuables, homes and cars and take extra precautions.
“We need people to switch on, and lock up,” Oxley Acting Superintendent Jeff Budd said.
”People are leaving their windows open in the heat, and we have seen flyscreens removed.
“It’s not a fear campaign, it’s about common sense.
“Common sense says don’t give thieves an opportunity.”
Acting Superintendent Budd said residents were being encouraged to lock windows and doors at all times, even when someone is home.
“It’s about making a property safe so don’t leave keys lying about,” he said.
“Look at security measures for the home like putting plies of wood in the windows or window locks.”
Officers charged 18 men and women between Friday and Monday with offences including reckless wounding, assaults, drink driving, possessing prohibited drugs, supplying illegal drugs and breaching bail or an apprehended violence order (AVO).
“There was 18 people in the dock in Tamworth for charges over the weekend,“ Acting Superintendent Budd said.
"There were 24 domestic violence-related events over the weekend across the Oxley Command that police attended and a majority of them were alcohol and drug-related.”
A 20-year-old woman will front court next month charged with ‘glassing’ another woman just before midnight on Friday.
Police said an argument broke out between two women out the front of a Vera St home before the 20-year-old allegedly smashed a glass to the side of the other woman’s cheek. The woman was treated at Tamworth hospital where police said she needed six stitches.