Leicestershire Police is launching a spring crime prevention campaign encouraging people to improve the security of their sheds, garages and outbuildings.
A number of crime prevention initiatives will be taking place across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland where officers and volunteers will be giving advice to the public and allotment holders on how to secure their property. Officers will also be working with local garden centres and DIY stores to promote security asking them to hand out leaflets on securing items that have been bought.
Crime analysis shows a seasonal increase in shed and garage breaks between March and May as the nicer weather prompts people to start gardening, DIY and getting their bikes out. There is also a greater demand for tools and garden equipment fuelling an increase in thefts.
Garden sheds are often targeted by burglars because they are often overlooked when it comes to security. The value of the contents, such as garden mowers, strimmers and bicycles, even motorbikes, can add up to many hundreds of pounds. It is, therefore, wise to secure the shed door with at least one heavy duty hasp and staple and a closed-shackle padlock.
Other crime prevention advice includes;
Anyone with any information should call 101 or 999 if they see a crime in progress. You can also call Crimestoppers which is free and anonymous on 0800 555 111.