A heroin addict who is believed to have targetted Hindu families during religious festivals has been jailed.
Kirit Patel had carried out nearly 40 burglaries across Harrow to feed his £400-a-day habit.
Last week he was sentenced to two and a half years in jail
Patel's crime spree, dating as far back as 1996, came to an end in June this year after he was caught fleeing a house in Lowick Road, Wealdstone, with jewellery and £9,000 in cash.
Following his arrest the 27-year-old owned up to a further 37 burglaries - which he carried out mainly between 2001 and 2004.
In the majority of his offences, Patel, from Tokyngton Avenue, Wembley, removed a window at the back of the house before raiding drawers and safety deposit boxes in search of jewellery and cash.
But when he targeted his latest victims, away on holiday at the time, neighbours heard him trawling through goods and called the police.
Patel attempted to outrun police, stashing booty on the way, but once caught he told them he was happy to point out dozens of other houses he had targeted in the past.
Sentencing Patel at Harrow Crown Court on Friday, Recorder Rabinder Singh QC said: "You have been given a number of chances and I'm sorry to say that you have let yourself and other people down because you haven't taken them.
"You have allowed your life to be ruled by addiction and as a result you have a criminal record which no one should envy."
Investigating officer sergeant Tim Mason, of the burglary squad, said: "Patel was driven by a heavy drug addiction and his actions have brought misery to the lives of those he targeted.
"At this time of year people also need to be reminded to ensure doors and windows are locked, high value goods are securely locked away and keys are kept away from front and back doors."
Patel's sentence also took into account charges of theft, handling stolen goods and possession of CS gas, as he had breached a community order imposed for the offences at the time.
Officers are warning Hindu households to beware of leaving valuables on display during Navratri and Diwali, during which there is an annual spike in the number of burglaries.