08/06/2014 12:00 EDT | Updated 10/06/2014 05:59 EDT

Vaughan homes targeted by thieves this summer

Thieves have been stealing cash, jewelry and valuables from homes in Vaughan this summer, often while residents are away on vacation.

York Regional Police say that at least nine homes have been hit in the Clark Avenue and New Westminster Drive area since June, whether through break-ins, thefts or related attempts.

Homes have been entered during overnight hours, generally by a suspect or suspects breaking windows or forcing open doors. Alarm wires have been cut and alarm sensors disabled.

Police are urging homeowners to take steps to protect their properties, including securing all doors and windows and having deadbolt locks installed on exterior doors.

For those heading out of town, police say homeowners should arrange to have their mail and newspaper deliveries stopped and for neighbours to keep an eye on their properties.

Police are trying to determine if these robberies could relate to a string of prior incidents that have occurred in the area since October.