POLICE in East Hampshire are urging residents to check the security of their sheds and outbuildings following an increase in break-ins.
Officers from safer neighbourhood teams say they are taking action to identify those responsible.
Inspector Ben Taylor said: ‘People do not often realise the value of the contents of their shed or garage until they have been the victim of crime and need to replace lawn mowers, bikes and tools.
‘Please take a moment to review the security of your shed and garage and consider if there is anything you can do to make your property a less appealing target for thieves.
‘In addition to this I would ask you to help us by reporting any suspicious activity in the area at the time it is happening as it may benefit our investigation and help us to find those responsible.’
Police advise to prevent break-ins residents should:
n Fix expensive items like lawn mowers and bikes to an anchor point
n Make sure garages and sheds have a good quality lock
n Consider fitting a shed alarm
n Keep the structure in good repair
n Mark items with a postcode and record serial numbers.