Police are urging residents to lock their parked cars after four incidents in Castle Hill overnight.
Police said between 5pm on Wednesday night and 8.40am on Thursday items were stolen from cars parked outside residences on Boden Place, Powys Circuit, Parsonage Road and Trevor Place.
They included a GPS, a wallet, cash and an iPad.
Castle Hill crime manager detective inspector Gary Bailey said residents who are leaving their cars unlocked are making them easy targets for thieves.
‘‘These criminals are opportunistic,’’ he said.
‘‘If you lock your cars it is less likely they will break in.
‘‘Please lock your vehicles.
‘‘Do not leave valuables in your vehicles and do not display them where they can be seen.’’
In other police briefs:
A handbag containing rosary beads blessed by Pope Benedict XVI were stolen at Castle Towers on Tuesday at 10.15am.
The Rooty Hill resident, 71, told police she was shopping on level one of the centre when her bag was taken from her shopping trolley. Also taken were a green purse, cash and documents.
Electrical fault fire
A car caught on fire on Coronation Road, Baulkham Hills, at about 9am on Wednesday.
Police and the fire brigade were called to what police believed was an electrical fault fire.
The Baulkham Hills driver, 43, was not injured and her car was towed away.
Almost $3000 worth of personal items were stolen from a house on Shirley Street, Carlingford, on Tuesday.
Police said between 7.40am and 4.10pm a flyscreen was removed from a front window on the first floor and two laptop computers, cash and a mobile phone were taken.
Witnesses can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Water employee targeted
A Sydney Water employee from Charles Street, Oatlands, woke up to see the words ‘‘stop fluoridating our water’’ painted across his car on Wednesday at 6.30am.
Obscenities were also written on his white Ford Ranger, causing damage worth about $200.
Two houses were broken into in Northmead this week.
Police said a Giant brand bicycle, valued at $1000, was stolen from a Murray Street house between 9am and 7.30pm on Tuesday.
In the second incident a resident was woken by noise in her Windermere Avenue townhouse at 3am.
She told police she believed someone was in her house but left.