POLICE are urging people in a South Derbyshire village to be vigilant after thieves stole bottles of milk from the doorsteps of homes.
The bottles were stolen from houses in Blakelow Drive, Belfield Road and Lodge Close, in Etwall, between 3am and 7.30am on Saturday, January 18.
Police carried out house-to house inquiries as a result of the incidents.
The theft of milk has been an issue in Etwall previously, with a string of incidents having taken place in May last year.
Officers are urging members of the public to be on the lookout for suspicious activity and to report suspected incidents as they happen.
A Derbyshire Police spokesman said: “This has been an issue in the area previously and one we do not want to arise again.
“Police do not want the problem to start again and are carrying out investigations to find those responsible.
“We would urge residents to report suspicious activity as it happens on 101.”
In a separate incident, a wing mirror was knocked from a car in Thames Way, Hilton, at about 7pm on January 18.
There have been no further reports of milk thefts since the latest incidents, but officers are now seeking vandals who smashed a car window.
Between midnight and 8.30am yesterday, a car parked in a layby in Egginton Road, Hilton, had its rear window smashed.
Witnesses or anyone with information on any of the crimes should call the Etwall, Hilton and Hatton Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.
They could also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
Other incidents saw a van broken into overnight in Egginton Road, Etwall, on January 20.
Offenders cut through a side panel and stole tools.
Officers have warned people not to leave valuables inside vehicles.