VANS and sheds in the Test Valley area are being targeted, officers have confirmed.

Between Monday March 9 and Tuesday March 10, there were reports of attempted thefts from motor vehicles in the Plaitford area of Test Valley.

Then, overnight between Saturday March 14 and Sunday March 15, police say there were a number or reports that outbuildings in the Grateley area were being broken into.

According to police, the unknown offenders have been targeting the vans and sheds as they may contain tools, chainsaws, hedge strimmers and drills.

Now, information has been revealed to help residents keep their items safe and anyone who witnessed anything suspicious has been urged to come forward.

A Hampshire Police spokesperson said: "Please remember to ensure that all your items are locked away and not visible. We suggest that all valuable items are registered on immobilise, which helps us identify owners of stolen property and get it back to you if it is recovered. Please also consider extra security measures that you could put in place. Simple battery powered shed alarms are affordable and effective. You may also want to re-think where you are storing your tools and how they are being stored.

"We encourage you to always report such incidents to us as this enables us to deploy resources to areas that are being targeted by thieves. If you have witnessed anything that you believe to be suspicious in your area please contact us on 101. If you believe a burglary is in progress call us on 999."