Hampshire Police are reminding motorists to take simple security measures to protect their cars following 13 reports of vehicle crime in one night in Overton.
On the night of Monday 28 August, a car was stolen, seven vehicles were broken into and items stolen, and five vehicles were tampered with.
The incidents related to vehicles parked in Battens Avenue, Charledown Close, Dellands, Foxdown, Overton Hill, The Green, Two Gate Meadow and Winchester Street.
The car, a Skoda Yeti, was stolen from a driveway in Battens Avenue. Items stolen in other incidents include money, a mobile phone, keys and audio equipment.
The incidents are being linked and an investigation has begun. Anyone with information should call 101, quoting 44170333973.
A number of the vehicles involved had been left insecure with valuables left inside.
Vehicle criminals are opportunists, and most vehicle related-crimes can be prevented by taking the following simple security measures:
• always lock your car, wind up the windows and close the sunroof, even if you’re only leaving your car for a few minutes
• double check the car is locked before leaving it
• never leave valuable possessions such as handbags, laptops, phones or sat navs on show inside a vehicle
• fit a car alarm
• use a steering wheel lock
• get an immobiliser, which stops the engine from starting if the car is being stolen
• park your car in well-lit areas in full public view
• take your sat nav with you and wipe away any marks left by suction pads
• if you have a garage, use it
• don’t leave items in the glove compartment