POLICE are warning of a "sudden increase in burglaries" in Ferndown and West Parley.

Five properties have been targeted in recent weeks, with many of the homes burgled during the day.

PCSO Kate Hann of the Ferndown and West Parley Neighbourhood Policing Team said three reports of break-ins have been received in the past few days.

"Officers are investigating links between these crimes. However, it is too early in the investigations to be sure," she said,

"Due to this, can we please ask residents to be extra vigilant and to make a note of vehicles or suspicious activity in or around neighbouring properties.

"If you believe a crime is in progress, please call 999 with as much information as possible."

Any other concerns can be reported via dorset.police.uk or by calling 101, PCSO Hann added.