Officers urge vigilance after 20 shed and outhouse break-ins in a month in just one part of Stevenage

PUBLISHED: 16:26 30 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:26 30 November 2016

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There have been 20 shed and outhouse break-ins this month in just one part of Stevenage - and officers have today urged householders to make them as secure as they possibly can.

The most-affected area over the past month has been Pin Green and St Nicholas, and the items being targeted in the spate of thefts include power tools and bicycles.

Safer neighbourhood Sgt Martin Kemp said: “The offences appear to be occurring during the day when the occupants are out, or in the middle of the night.

“If you see anyone behaving suspiciously around communal storage areas of flats, at the rear of properties or even on allotments, we would urge you to report it to us immediately.

“Outhouses and sheds are often easy targets for thieves, so we are asking people to make them as secure as they possibly can.

“Security lighting is a good deterrent, as are heavy-duty padlocks or Chubb locks.

“Also make sure garden gates are secure, as well as the perimeter of your garden if you have one.”

Anyone with information about the shed break-ins should call the safer neighbourhood team on 101. If you witness a crime in progress call 999.

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