Residents near York are being urged to check their security after a string of home break-ins, leading to car burglaries.

Police said that patrols are being stepped up and that residents should check their security after several high-performance cars and home burglaries were recorded in York.

In a statement, police said: "There were two burglaries were reported in Nether Poppleton on Monday, which resulted in an Audi A1 being stolen.

"On Wednesday, an Audi Q3 was stolen from Wheldrake and it is believed another vehicle was targeted, although not taken.

"The same night, a burglary was reported in Elvington and suspicious activity was reported around the village.

"Home breaks-ins in which a car is stolen are known as two in one burglaries. Thieves break into your home, take your car keys and steal your car.

"Properties with a high-performance car parked outside are more likely to be targeted."

However, this year there have been 84 burglaries, down from 104 in 2017.

Inspector Lee Pointon, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "Residents can be reassured that we are responding to these incidents by stepping up proactive patrols and making sure people are aware of the importance of home security.

"There are three easy steps you can take to reducing the risk - lock your car, secure your home and hide your keys.

"I would also like to invite residents to contact their local Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101 for expert crime prevention advice from one of our officers or PCSOs. We can survey your security arrangements, and offer advice on keeping your home, property and family safe."

Residents are also urged to report suspicious activity to the police via 101.