A bicycle, cash, keys and a coat have been stolen during a spree of overnight thefts in the New Forest

Police say four thefts took place around Sway overnight between January 31 and February 1. 

A red Cyclo Cross bicycle was stolen from outside an address on Bulldowne Road. 

A set of keys were then stolen from a car parked on Manchester Road. 

Cash and a coat were stolen from a parked car on Bright Road and cash was taken from a parked car on Adlams Lane. 

Officers are now appealing to anyone with information to come forward. 

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A spokesperson said: "Were you in the area at the time of the incidents? Do you have CCTV or doorbell footage that could have caught the offender/s in the area? If you have any information that could help please contact us online or on 101 quoting 44240046103.

"Having your car broken into and losing your things to thieves can be very distressing. Here are a few simple steps you can take to keep your vehicle, and what’s in it, safe.

"It sounds obvious, but always lock your vehicle – Fuelling up or popping back into your house to get something are perfect examples of how easy it is to turn your back for a moment and forget your vehicle is unsecured. So get into the habit of locking your vehicle even if you’re only going to be away from it for a moment. Check that you haven’t left any windows or the sunroof open.

"Take it with you or hide it - Your mobile phone, coins for the car park, sunglasses, packs of medication or other items that can earn quick cash are irresistible to the opportunist thief. Remember, the cost of replacing a window is often much more than that of what’s stolen. And it should go without saying that wallets, handbags, purses and credit cards should never be left in an unattended vehicle.

"Hide electrical items and leave no clues - Leaving sat nav mounts, suction cup marks on windows or cables on view gives it away that you have left a Sat Nav, smartphone or other device in your car. Even if they can’t see the Sat Nav or iPad they might still break in to see if it’s stored in the car, out of sight.

"Tool theft from vans - Vans are often targeted by thieves for the tools stored inside. If you have to leave tools in a van overnight, it's a good idea to mark them clearly with your name / company name and address using paint pens and seal with a clear lacquer spray. Alternatively, you can use a variety of other property marking systems. Items that are clearly marked are less desirable and more difficult to sell on.

"Secure your number plates with tamper-resistant screws - The easiest way to change the identity of a stolen vehicle or avoid speeding tickets and parking tickets is to fit stolen number plates. Using security screws to attach your vehicle’s number plates makes it harder for thieves to get your number."