Police in Hedge End are warning people not to leave vehicle keys in obvious places in their homes after two burglaries in the area where cars have been stolen.
The latest one happened around 4am on Wednesday, April 3 in Beattie Rise, Hedge End. Burglars broke into the home of a 44-year-old man through a patio door. They then stole a set of car keys before using them to steal a Mercedes CLK 220 parked on the road outside. The vehicle is worth around £8,000.
Police are also looking at if the incident is connected to another similar burglary overnight between Thursday, March 27 into Friday, March 28. That incident happened in Watkin Road, Hedge End. The thieves stole key cars for an Audi A6 from the home of a 48-year-old man and then took the vehicle from the drive.
Officers are advising people to make sure keys are hidden away and also to make sure they lock doors and windows at night or when not nearby and double lock UPVC doors.
Anyone with information about either burglary or who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time is asked to call Detective Constable, Claire Reynolds at Eastleigh CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.