Both properties in the Compton area of Guildford were targeted on Wednesday during the day, police said.
In the first, a spade was used to lever part of a stable door open, enabling the thieves to use keys left in the lock to open the door of the house.
In the second, a spade was used to spring open the windows of a house, from which medals & jewellery were stolen.
It is advised to lock away anything that help a potential burglar gain entry into your home such as garden implements or ladders. Also locking gates to stop people wandering to the rear of you home is strongly recommended.