POLICE are warning residents following a spate of vehicle break-ins in a Hampshire town.

On three separate occasions, thieves broke into cars across Fareham.

They stole bank cards and made online purchases after breaking into a Toyota in The Keep on the evening of April 4.

Sports gear was stolen from the boot of a Volvo in Agincourt Drive on April 6.

Meanwhile, in the early hours of April 5 two men were reported trying car door handles in Cornfield.

Renault was broken into but nothing was reported stolen.

Officers now want to raise awareness following the rise in the number of thefts.

They have given residents advice on how to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim.

A police spokesperson said: "When you leave your vehicle make sure the doors of your vehicle are locked and the windows and sunroof are shut, no matter how hot the weather is.

"If possible, park your vehicle in a busy area. If you have a garage, use it.

"Do not leave anything in your vehicle, including the boot."

Police urge motorists not to leave documents which have their name on in their vehicle.

They also warn against leaving sat-navs inside vehicles and to remove the cradle.

Anyone with information relating to the thefts is urged to call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.