A spate of thefts has prompted police to offer Worksop residents a lesson in ‘sheducation’.
Since the start of June officers have been called to 10 garage or shed break-ins in Manton.
Items stolen ranged from tools, golf clubs and bikes.
Between 9pm on Friday 30th June and 6.30am Monday 1st July two bicycles were stolen from a shed in Lincoln Street, Manton.
On the same street between 11.30pm on Thursday 4th July 2013 and 9.30am on Friday 5th July a set of golf clubs was taken after a burglar unscrewed a shed door.
There have also been six reported bicycle thefts in the area. The most recent took place on Wednesday 10th July at 4.55am at Southbreck Rise.
PC Mark Topham said: “These are expensive items to replace and these kind of thefts can also have an impact on your insurance.”
“We have increased our patrols in the area and we are pursuing all lines of enquiry but we are also asking for the public’s help in preventing themselves from becoming a victim.”
Some of the ways to protect your property include:
• Keep your shed in good condition so it is not easy to break into
• Consider investing in an alarm
• Fit a padlock to your shed and consider putting wire mesh across its windows
• Fit a motion-activated outside light to deter burglars who rely on the cover of darkness
• Plant prickly shrubs and plants near windows, drainpipes and fences
• Use gravel on driveways and paths to help alert you to anyone outside
• Lock any gates to your drive or back garden
• Mark your property with CREMARK or SmartWater using your postcode and the house number or first two letters of your house name to make the item identifiable and traceable, and harder for an opportunistic thief to sell on
• Always secure your bike with a heavy duty bike lock – even if it is inside your shed
If you know anything about the break-ins above or see anything you think is unusual ring the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.