Police are warning residents in Ravenshead to be on their guard after cars were stolen during two separate burglaries.
A car was taken from the Chapel Fields area of Ravenshead overnight on Tuesday ( September 15).
Another car was then taken from the Berry Hill Road area of Mansfield on the same night – and police think the incidents are linked.
Detectives believe the offenders have gotten inside the properties and stolen car keys before taking the vehicles.
Inspector Nick Butler, district commander for Mansfield, said: “Burglary is one of the most upsetting crimes anyone can suffer and it leaves the home owner with a series of practical and emotional issues to resolve. If a vehicle is stolen it then results in the owner being without transport and unable to get to work.
“Vehicles are obviously a tempting target for any house burglar and can be stolen in a matter of seconds by a burglar once they have gained entry to your home. Burglars are often looking for an easy opportunity and simple security measures will be enough to deter them. Keep your keys out of sight and not in your front door or hallway. Don’t leave windows open on ground floors and consider a simple security camera.”
“Whilst offences like this are rare, we can make them even rarer still by taking some simple steps in our homes.
“Clearly we are very keen to find the person responsible for this crime and would particularly like to speak to any local residents who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area over recent days.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 76 of 16 September.