BURGLARS made off with several thousand pounds worth of property during a spate of early morning break-ins.

Homes at Kennett Close, Kennett Road, Saxon Way and Ash Close in Romsey were targeted in the early hours of Saturday while the occupants were asleep upstairs.

Nearly all the properties invoved had their UPVC front doors forced open and police believe the break-ins could be linked to others at Eastleigh and Hedge End.

Among he items stolen was a Breitling Super Avenger watch worth £4,000, which was taken from a house at Ash Close.

Other items stolen from the semi-detached house included a ladies black leather jacket, a man’s grey hoodie and £20 in cash.

The leather jacket was discarded on the ground outside the property.

An Acer laptop, £75 in cash, and bank cards were stolen from a house at Saxon Way and car keys and an expensive black Bradley leather purse was taken from a property at Kennett Close.

Car keys and a black folder were stolen from a house in Kennett Road and later found nearby.

A blue fleece jacket, so far unclaimed, was also found lying on the ground in the vicinity of one burglary and police say it may have belonged to one of the raiders.

Sergeant Alyson West from Romsey police is urging people to ensure that all their doors and windows are locked before they go out or go to bed.

“We’ve had similar burglaries in Eastleigh and Hedge End and elsewhere where properties with UPVC doors have been targeted,” she said.

“We highly recommend that people fit a good quality strong door chair and fit lights with sensors on the approaches to door entrances. They should also close all windows before going out and going to bed.

“Don’t leave car keys, laptops or other valuables in hallways or other rooms where they are on show.

Anyone who has information about the burglaries should contact DC Scott Stafford at Eastleigh CID on 101.