RESIDENTS are being warned to step up security on their sheds after a rise in the number of burglaries to outbuildings across Bromsgrove.
In the last week, there have been eight break-ins in the north of the town and several weeks ago, there was a similar amount.
Expensive items, including lawnmowers, powertools, a jigsaw and a mountain bike have been taken in the raids and, in one of them, there was an unusual item stolen – a blue Powercraft stone cutter.
Among the roads and areas targeted were Rocky Lane, Bournheath, Santridge Lane, Jasmine Grove, Stourbridge Road, Brecon Aveune, Mount Road and Fairfield.
PC Barney Kelso said: “It’s that time of year where people will target sheds to sell the items on.
“As the Safer Neighbourhood Team we are stepping up patrols to try and catch those responsible.
“It seems the majority of break-ins are taking place overnight.”
He urged residents to step up security by fitting stronger locks to sheds, such as closed shackle padlocks on the doors, and by adding grilles or mesh to the windows.
He also suggested people install security lights and, if possible, fit a shed alarm.
Witnesses to any shed burglaries or anyone with any information on those which have already taken place should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.