An increase in vehicle thefts, especially trailers, has caused police to warn locals of keeping their valuables safe.

In a press release, Senior Sergeant Mark Pakes, Area Response Manager for Western Bay of Plenty, said vehicles in driveways with keys left in them were targets.

"The few extra seconds it takes to make sure your vehicles are locked and valuables removed is far less painful then the impact and inconvenience caused when you have to deal with a stolen vehicle," he said.

He advised locals to move their trailers from public view in driveways, and if they can, use a trailer lock.

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"In addition, it can be helpful to put your trailer under a security light or next to a dog kennel to help deter thieves."

Anyone with information on the recent thefts should contact their local police station, or anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.