POLICE are warning people to be on their guard after a spate of shed break-ins in Cowplain.
Since the start of this month, there have been 17 reported burglaries of sheds.
Police are linking all the incidents as the offenders are using the same tactics every time.
The most recent break-in was between November 9 and 10 in Shakespeare Gardens.
Two unlocked sheds were raided and crooks made off with a B&Q Drill and Socket Set and a case of Carlsberg lager.
In the other incidents, bicycles, power tools and food items from freezers have been stolen.
Garages and other outbuildings have also been targeted by criminals.
PC Matt Jones, from Waterlooville police station, urged residents to make sure all their sheds and garages were locked up.
He said: ‘These incidents are mainly opportunist, with unsecure outbuildings and garages being targeted.
‘For that reason we would ask people to make sure their outbuildings are secure and to remain vigilant.
‘Waterlooville North Safer Neighbourhood Team are doing everything they can to bring the offenders to justice.
‘We will be carrying out extra patrols in the area.
‘If you have suffered a similar incident or have any information please contact the team.’
Anyone with information can call Waterlooville police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.