Motorists are being urged to stay vigilant after a spate of vehicle break-ins in the Ecton Brook, Blackthorn and Little Billing areas of Northampton this week.
Six vehicles – mainly vans – were broken into overnight on Monday and Tuesday, April 14 and 15. In most instances, thieves were targeting tools left in the vehicles police say, although other property was also taken.
The thefts happened in Swinford Hollow, Greatmeadow, Long Mallows Rise, Lockcroft Square, Mushroom Field Road and Maidencastle.
Inspector Kevin Byrne says officers will be increasing patrols and is asking anyone with information about the thefts to get in touch.
He said: “We’ll be carrying out more patrols in the areas affected and we’d also like to hear from anyone who may have information about who is committing these crimes.
“I’d also like to remind people to make sure their vehicle is locked when the leave it, even if it’s only for a few minutes, and I’d urge them not to leave tools or other valuables in it, especially overnight.
“Anyone who sees anything suspicious should call police or 101 or, if a crime is in progress, call 999. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
“Also, if anyone other than a reputable dealer tries to sell you cut-price tools then please call us. Remember to note descriptions of those involved and registration numbers.”