THERE have been almost 20 thefts from cars in the west Cork area in the past week.
And gardaí are concerned that the majority of cars were left unlocked.
The incidents occurred on two separate dates in Kinsale and Ballinhassig.
Items such as sunglasses, cash, jewellery and electronics were stolen.
"Unfortunately some of the cars broken into were left unlocked," Crime Prevention Officer for the West Cork Division, Sergeant James O Donovan said.
"Criminals will go around trying car doors until they get one that is left unlocked, so let’s not make it easy for them.
"Wherever you park your vehicle, we would always advise you to take your property with you and ensure the vehicle is locked, alarmed and parked in a secure, well-lit location. Try not to leave any valuables in it whatsoever.
"If you do see someone in your area acting suspiciously, day or night, don’t think twice about calling us.”
The Kinsale incidents occurred last week in different areas of the town.
The Ballinhassig incidents took place in Gleann Ogra in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Gardaí have carried out examinations of both scenes and conducted enquiries, but there have been no arrests.
Gardaí are appealing for all vehicle owners to ensure they lock their vehicle no matter where it is parked.
Do not store valuables in it, but if you do have to, keep them out of sight.