While Government restrictions have been eased further recently, many of us are now slowly returning to work, seeing family and friends and going out shopping and visiting pubs and restaurants.

Hampshire Constabulary want to gently remind residents not to leave personal belongings or valuables in motor vehicles overnight, as we have seen a recent spike in thefts overnight, specifically targeting vans.

Leaving items in plain sight or within the vehicle itself could provide an opportunity for someone to take advantage of the situation and commit a crime.

We want to offer up some friendly reminders around vehicle security at this time.

Most burglaries are committed by opportunists.

A criminal may pick a car that looks unsecure or they may try door handles to see if the vehicle has been left unlocked.

These are often spur-of-the-moment decisions, made when they see valuables left on view or lapses in security.

Personal items such as mobile phones and tablets, handbags and work tools left somewhere obvious can also be an attractive target.

If your vehicle is parked on a driveway or in-front of a garage, you may want to consider installing a CCTV camera covering the area which your vehicle is parked.

This way, should there be a theft attempt, you would have invaluable footage which could aid an investigation.

It may also serve as a deterrent to potential thieves as they know that they will be caught on camera.

Likewise, you may want to think about fitting a dash-cam in the vehicle that will begin recording as soon as motion is detected.

Again, this would likely act as a deterrent to any opportunists.

Ultimately, we want to be in a position where we are not giving burglars a reason for targeting cars and other vehicles in the local community.

We would urge you to remove all personal belongings from your vehicle each night.

While this might seem laborious at the time, it might just save you from becoming a victim of crime.

As always, please remain vigilant and continue to report any crimes which are in progress or where there is a threat to life by calling 999.