HOMEOWNERS are urged to be vigilant after six homes were burgled in the same street.

People living in Romsey Road, Shirley, Southampton, have been advised to remove rocks, stones and bricks from their rear gardens after a spate of dwelling burglaries in the road.

Six houses have been targeted since January 3 – all following the same method.

The raider uses bricks, stones or rocks to smash a windowat the rear of the property to gain access.

The burglaries happen during the day and the suspects flee with cash, jewellery and expensive electrical items.

Hampshire Constabulary is appealing for witnesses following two burglaries on January 15.

The first incident happened at around 9.30am while the occupant was out.

They returned at around 1.30pm to find the rear window had been smashed and cash was missing.

A computer and a bracelet were also taken.

On the same day another house on the same side of the road was targeted.

A 37-year-old woman returned home to find her rear window was broken and the patio door had been taken off its hinges and thrown into a fish pond.

The burglar left the property through a window at the front of the house.

A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said: “We want to hear from anyone who saw anything, or heard anything, suspicious to get in touch.

“We urge people in the Romsey Road area to be vigilant. Anyone who saw someone jumping over rear fences or heard smashing glass should call police straight away.

“People in the area advised to get rid of rocks, stones and bricks in their gardens.”

Anyone with information should call DS Paddy Coughlan at Shirley CID on 101.