POLICE in Hoole are calling on local residents to reassess the security of sheds and outbuildings.
The move comes following a number of burglaries in the area in which this type of building has been targeted.
Police Community Support Officer Naomi Cassidy said: “We have been seeing excellent results in terms of reductions in Chester in recent months, so it is disappointing to have this spike in Hoole.
“In many cases the thieves have stolen bicycles, fishing equipment and other expensive items which have been stored in sheds and outbuildings.
“Clearly some of these items are too bulky to be kept in the house and outside storage is necessary.
“But there are steps that can be taken to reduce your chances of falling foul of burglars.
“Make sure any building is locked with a good quality padlock, or other device, that will be difficult to force or cut through.
“For items such as bikes, lawnmowers and scooters, try to use ground mounted anchoring systems which lock the items to the floor making them incredibly difficult to steal.
“Also, look at other security measures in place such as movement sensitive lights, these can act as a deterrent and will generally make all but the most persistent thief think twice.”
She added: “Of course there will always be some people who will seek to profit from the misfortune of others and will continue to steal regardless of the barriers put before them.
“Because of this we would advise everyone to use property making systems to clearly define property as belonging to you.
“Then, if the worst does happen and your property is stolen, it will be difficult for the thief to sell on.
“Conversely, if the stolen property is recovered, the identifying marks will make it much easier for us to return it to the rightful owner.”
Officers from Chester Outer Neighbourhood Policing Unit are, and will continue, patrolling in the area in a bid to catch those responsible for the thefts and to deter other burglars.
And police are calling on local people to lend a hand.
PCSO Cassidy added: “Our numbers are limited, but if everyone in Hoole is vigilant it massively increases the eyes and ears on the lookout for criminals.
“By working together we can all make a difference when it comes to restricting opportunities for burglars.”
If you see anything suspicious, or have any information about the burglaries in Hoole, contact Cheshire Police on 0845 458 0000 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.