ELLESMERE Port has seen a recent increase in the number of thefts from sheds.
And police are now warning all residents to consider what security measures they are taking to protect their belongings.
PC Matt Hull said: “People should have the right to use sheds and other outbuildings as storage without fearing they will become victims of crime.
“Sadly this is not always the case and in recent weeks we have seen thieves single out sheds as a place to make an easy buck.
“Shed breaks have become a particular problem in Westminster and Sutton, but all residents should be aware of the risk posed by criminals.”
Power tools, lawnmowers, bikes and gardening equipment have all been stolen during the thefts, but PC Hull believes a few simple steps could prevent or at least help detect the majority of incidents.
He added: “Ideally, items which are valuable should be kept indoors. All property should be marked with the postcode of owner – this will ensure that if it is stolen and recovered it can be returned as soon as possible. The postcode marking can be made with ultraviolet pens or even with an engraving kit.
“If you have to use a shed or outbuilding for storage make sure it is secured with a good quality lock. Thieves will often cut through thin or flimsy padlocks and chains, but will generally be deterred if this will take more than a few minutes.
“As a further preventative, when storing expensive bikes or lawnmowers ensure they are secured using ground anchors. These will provide another barrier to thieves and in most cases if the offenders get into the shed they will not be able to steal anything from within.
“We also need residents to be vigilant and to help one another by looking out for people acting suspiciously and by reporting this to police.”
If you see anyone acting suspiciously, or have any information about shed breaks, please contact Cheshire Police on 0845 458 0000. This number can also be dialled to request information on security measures from the crime reduction advisor.