As car boot season approaches and weather gets warmer, Humberside Police often see an increase in reports of shed burglaries.
In the last few weeks, officers have seen a spike in shed, garage and outbuilding break-ins - with an increase of 42% in January and February alone.
Now police are keen to raise awareness and provide crime prevention advice to residents.
Traditionally these burglaries result in the theft of items such as bicycles, garden furniture, power tools and fishing equipment which are expensive to replace and victims can sometimes be shaken by their theft.
Over the next week, police will be asking members of the public if they are “sheducated” and campaigning to raise awareness of the issue on social media.
Detective Inspector Jon Cross from the Priority Crime Team said: “Shed and garage burglary is a priority for the police.
“Cycles continue to be the main target in these offences and I continue to urge the public to do all they can to protect their property. The link in this article provides detailed crime prevention advice and the police can provide bespoke advice if needed. The main points remain the same; make sure the building is secure and make efforts to lock valuables within. Anchor points are particularly effective with cycles and are easy to install.”
“Another key message relates to the recording of property details. I advise people to make a record of their property including unique reference numbers such as a cycle frame number. These can also be uploaded for free to the www.immobilise.com property registration website. This specific information is invaluable when investigating burglary offences as the police work closely with second hand outlets and routinely stop and check people using cycles.”
“We make a high number of arrests on a weekly basis for burglary offences and regularly conduct search warrants at local addresses. I also urge members of the public to continue to report suspicious activity. This can be done anonymously via Crimestoppers. The police rely on information from the public to tackle burglary offences.”
In order to prevent these types of incidents residents are encouraged to follow garden and outbuilding crime prevention advice at http://www.humberside.police.uk/staying-safe-at-home/crime-reduction/garden-security
If you see suspicious activity, please report it by calling the police on 101 or Crimestoppers (anonymously) on 0800 555 111.