MOTORISTS have been warned after reports of thefts from vehicles in rural car parks.

Police in Winchester have issued guidance to drivers in the area.

This comes after several thefts from vehicles were reported in rural car parks as well as other locations.

Now officers are asking drivers to follow their tips to make sure they don't also become a victim.

A police spokesperson said: "Make sure you have locked your vehicle and your windows are closed too, even for short stops.

"Remove your valuables. Even bags, jackets, cases and toys have a value to thief. A jacket could contain cash or cigarettes that may encourage them.

"Lock them away in your boot but only if you cannot access the boot from the rear seats and you cannot unlock the boot from a switch in the cabin.

"Remove any loose change from view. Remove electronics such as sat-navs. You should also remove any holders or chargers and wipe clear suction cup marks."