LOCALS are being warned to lock up and look out in a bid to beat thieves who are striking homes in Tamworth.
Police are still looking for a red Subaru Forester and a white Ford Focus stolen from a White St home on Thursday morning.
The residents were asleep when the offenders got in through a back door and stole the keys before fleeing with the vehicles.
A Great Wall utility was recovered yesterday morning in Florida St after it was taken from an Allawah St home.
The residents, along with their three children, were asleep when thieves jemmied open a door and stole a handbag containing a quantity of cash, an iPad Mini and the vehicle’s keys.
The offenders also took off with more cash from a second bag, as well as the car keys to a Holden Astra.
Police patrols discovered the Astra in Macgregor St about 4am yesterday before officers woke the residents to alert them to the theft.
The incidents are the latest in a string of car thefts across the city in recent weeks.
Oxley police Sergeant Tracey Freeman said residents should secure all their valuables to prevent any losses during a break-in.
“It’s about trying to minimise the harm that may be caused at their home,” Sergeant Freeman said.
“Police do not encourage at any time for valuables to be locked in vehicles.
“Keys, wallets, phones and handbags should not be left in plain sight at any time.”
Sergeant Freeman said residents should be vigilant with the warmer weather and not leave doors and windows open, even when they are at home.
“By purchasing window locks, it allows windows to be locked while still allowing air flow,” she said.
“Applications like Where’s My Droid or Find My Phone are great apps that can help you if your phone is stolen.
“They have components to delete information on the phone remotely.”
Anyone with information about the break-ins or identity of the offenders is urged to contact Tamworth police or Crime Stoppers.