WENDOUREE West residents are devastated after waking to find their cars were broken into overnight on Tuesday.
Two sedans parked in driveways on Primrose Street had their windows smashed in and items were stolen from one vehicle.
Laura-Anne McIntyre had her purse stolen from inside the door console containing her passport, driver’s licence, bankcards and a small amount of cash.
“I’ve struggled all through life and my car is the one thing I’ve got to show for it,” Ms McIntyre said.
“My car is the one thing that has stayed by me and it’s my pride and joy.
“My partner’s car was parked in front of mine and it wasn’t touched.”
Ms McIntyre believes the assailants would have struck between 4am and 7.50am.
Further down the street, couple Kera Schutz and Shane Szymansky had the backseat window of their sedan smashed.
Nothing was stolen from their vehicle.
“We have lived here for three years and haven’t had any problems,” Ms Shutz said.
“It was just a one-off.”
Police attended the scenes yesterday morning.
Ballarat Police Sergeant Maree Purdon said it was not safe to leave valuable items in cars, even when they were parked in the driveway.
“People should not leave personal valuables in their vehicles, especially in sight, that’s our main recommendation,” she said.
“If they see people hanging around at an unusual time of night, or walking around the street looking in vehicles, ring triple-0 straight away.”
Anyone with information about Tuesday’s theft should contact Crimestoppers on 1800 33 000.