Police have issued a warning after thieves targeted cars left insecure in the warm weather.
A car parked outside shops in Argyll Street, Kettering, was locked but the windows were open and a mobile phone and debit card were stolen from inside on Monday, July 1.
Then at about 9.30pm on Sunday, July 7, a car was stolen from outside a house in Bath Road, Kettering.
The owner had been cleaning the car and left the keys in the ignition. The car was later found abandoned in Hodge Way, Kettering.
Inspector Carl Sturman said: “Both of these crimes were avoidable and we would like to remind people to lock their cars and close their windows.
“An open window is, unfortunately, an open invitation to an opportunistic thief.
“It’s tempting to leave car windows open when the temperature rises but I would urge people to take extra care to make life harder for thieves.
“My team is out in Kettering rooting out offenders but by taking some simple precautions we can all help to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of car crime.”
For further crime prevention advice visit www.northants.police.uk/crimeprevention.