AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after 11 cars were broken into in a village in one night.
The vehicles were parked in several different roads in Knowle, near Fareham, including Greater Horseshoe Way, Boundary Walk and Knowle Avenue.
Several items were stolen including a sat nav, a purse and some loose change.
Four of the cars are believed to have been left unlocked. Police are now investigating.
Now, people in the area are being urged to ensure their cars are locked and make sure valuables are removed.
Nigel Prior is on the Neighbourhood Watch team at Knowle.
He said: ‘It does concern me. We try to prevent as best we can but we can’t prevent everything.
‘We have got to try to work together. We need more people on board with the Neighbourhood Watch so we can get the word out as quickly as possible as it happens.
‘With the police cuts it’s very difficult. We are relying on the public and volunteers to be the eyes and ears and try to prevent crime together.
‘I’m sorry for the victims but there’s not much we can do.
‘All I can say is don’t leave stuff in your car. It’s common sense really. And lock your cars.’
Mr Prior said it’s rare for a village the size of Knowle to suffer from crime.
‘It hasn’t happened in Knowle before, as far as I’m aware,’ he said. ‘It’s very quiet normally. We have the odd bit of anti-social behaviour but it’s so minimal it’s insignificant.
‘You expect it in the larger villages every now and then.
‘The main thing is to make others aware and hope that they won’t suffer the same consequences. Some people aren’t as conscious as others.’
The car break-ins happened between 9pm on Sunday, January 18, and 6am the following morning.
One resident of Greater Horseshoe Way, who didn’t want to be named, said: ‘I was a little bit concerned but my car is always parked out the front so I can keep an eye on it.
‘I don’t know whose car it was. I think it’s just opportunists who did it.’
A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘I can confirm police are investigating following reports of theft from cars in the Knowle area.
‘Advice to car owners is make sure that you secure your vehicle and remove any valuables from view when leaving your car overnight.’
If anyone witnessed suspicious activity in the vicinity of these crimes please contact police on 101 quoting 44150019869, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, where information can be left anonymously.