POLICE are investigating a suspicious car fire in Ballarat last night.
Detectives say a ute parked within a locked car yard on Latrobe Street was torched last night or in the early hours of this morning.
They say the vehicle was not stolen, but torched where it was parked.
The vehicle was completely destroyed but members from the Ballarat City Fire Brigade attended the scene and stopped the fire spreading.
Anyone with information can call Ballarat Criminal Investigation Unit on 5336 6080.
Police have also issued a reminder for Ballarat car owners to lock their vehicles, following a spate of car break-ins at the weekend.
Thieves have broken into vehicles parked in the Ballarat CBD and at Lake Wendouree since late last week.
A number of these cars were unlocked.
Police say it was a timely reminder for people to lock their vehicles and remove valuable items from sight.
Anyone with information on cars being broken into can call Ballarat police on 5336 6000.