Items have been stolen and damage done to garages which were broken into last weekend.

Lubricant spray and cans of drink were pilfered overnight on Wessex Close in Melksham on Sunday, March 17 

PC Utton said: “Many people don’t secure their shed or garage in the same way they do their homes - often using an easy-to-break lock or padlock to protect valuable contents such as a car, bike or lawnmower.

“We'd urge people to install sturdy locks - use high-quality locks to deter potential burglars, upgrade lighting - install motion-activated lights around your property to illuminate any suspicious activity and consider an alarm or CCTV system to alert you of any break-in attempts.”

Police ask witnesses to call 101 with reference number 54240031245.

How can I secure my garage or shed?

Wiltshire Police recommends getting a good padlock on the door with no exposed screws, paying attention to hinges as these are sometimes easily removable.

It says to consider a battery-operated shed alarm and put mesh or grills on windows.

Drape an old sheet or blanket over the top of mowers or bikes to keep them covered from view.

The top five most common items stolen from sheds

  1. Bikes
  2. Mowers
  3. Sports equipment
  4. Power tools
  5. Garden tools