A NUMBER of trade vans parked in Chandler's Ford and Hiltingbury have been targeted by thieves, say police.

High-value power tools and equipment left in vehicles are among the items that have been stolen in recent weeks.

Police are reminding residents and particularly tradesmen to make sure their vehicles are locked at all times and parked in a well-lit street, in easy view of their own or other neighbours' properties.

Anyone who has seen anything suspicious recently has been asked to call police on 101 or to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.