Police are urging homeowners to lock up their garages, after a rash of break-ins in targeted west-end neighbourhoods.

Between Jan. 9 and 24, thieves preyed upon properties in the Laurier Heights, Parkview and Crestwood areas.

Unlocked and pried open doors made way for thieves to snatch a number of items left in vehicles, including iPod cables, loose change, CDs, a laptop, a garage opener, a mountain bike and a cellphone.

A motorbike and a vehicle valued at $50,000 were also stolen in the break-and-enter spree.

Police say some of the incidents could have been prevented, had doors been locked and keys and valuables not been left in vehicles.

“It’s best to take the keys for your vehicle — and any valuables in your car — inside your home so the thieves can’t get away with your car if they break into your garage,” said EPS Const. Tricia Gagne.

Though the bulk of the break-ins occurred at night, two took place during the day while residents were at home.