Police are urging people to follow security advice after a number of burglaries in Trowbridge, Bradford on Avon and Westbury where car keys and vehicles have been stolen.

Over the past week officers have been called to a series of incidents in the west of the county where houses were broken into and thieves took car keys and then stole cars parked on the driveways.

They included:

- Entry and an attempt via insecurity at two properties in Westbury, last night, where keys were stolen from the hallway and a black panel van and a blue VW Golf TDI Sport were taken from the driveway.

- Entry via insecurity at properties in Bradford on Avon, overnight, where keys were taken and a blue Honda Jazz was stolen.

- Entry via insecurity at a property in Holt, overnight, where a house was broken into and two vehicles were stolen. These were a blue BMW and a burgundy Range Rover. The Range Rover was found abandoned later this morning.

Detective Sergeant Anthony King, from the Community Tasking Team, said: "We are investigating whether there are any potential links between these incidents and have been carrying out house to house enquiries, as well as examining CCTV from the areas. Our enquiries are ongoing.

"I would like to use this opportunity to ask people to follow our security advice, so they are doing everything they can to avoid being a victim of this type of crime. This includes ensuring doors and windows are locked.

"I would also urge anyone with information regarding the above offences to contact the police and anyone who sees anything suspicious during the hours of darkness to report the incident to police via 101, however insignificant it may be. If you believe a crime is being committed then contact police on 999."

Here are some basic precautions you can take to keep you and your possessions safe when in your home.

- Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even if you're in the garden, and make sure you have approved locks or bolts on all doors and windows

- Never leave a spare key in a hiding place like in a plant pot or letterbox - a thief knows all the hiding places

- Keep all keys, purses and wallets out of sight and away from the main points of entry

- Consider installing a burglar alarm, and only use a company that is registered or certified with the NSI or the SSIAB

- Make sure that you have up to date contents insurance

- Trim back any plants and hedges at the front of your property to no higher than 1 metre to remove hiding places

- Always report any suspicious activity, note any vehicle registrations, descriptions of persons involved and direction of travel

- Use a timer to set lights to mimic your usual activity when you are not at home

- Make sure any bolts are low enough so they cannot be opened by reaching over the top of the gate.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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