Police in Sheffield are investigating after one part of the city began to experience a spike in incidents of burglary over recent days.
A number of properties in the Handsworth borough of the South Yorkshire city have been targeted by thieves this month, reports the Star.
One case took place in Clifton Crescent on March 10th and involved a burglar breaking in through a rear patio door after damaging its lock in order to gain entry. Once inside, the offender took car keys for the owner's red Seat Leon, with the vehicle later being found at Waterthorpe Gardens.
Another robbery took place on March 16th when a house in Lound Road was struck and the occupant's black Ford Fiesta was stolen. The car - for which the registration number is DX55 SXJ - is still missing.
Other items were also taken during that raid. Along with a set of Titleist golf clubs that were in the boot of the car, two keys and a navy blue zip-up hooded coat by One True Saxon were also stolen from the house.
And another burglary occurred on March 17th when the keys for a Mazda Sprinter van were fished out of a property through the cat flap. The van was found on Miles Road in High Green later the same day.
A police spokesman said the thefts were simply a "blip", but anyone with any relevant information is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers.
The incidents are a reminder to homeowners around the UK that installing in a home alarm system can be a shrewd move, even if an area does not appear to be a likely setting for a spate of burglaries.
Thieves will often ignore properties that are fully alarmed, while even if they do succeed in breaking in, the alarm should alert neighbours' attention to the raid, while systems can also be linked to a specialist Alarm Response Centre.