Police are warning people to be vigilant after a spate of sheds being broken into in a South Cheshire town.
The break-ins have been reported around Congleton and residents are being asked to ensure their sheds are secure.
Officers are currently investigating four shed break-ins in Oak View Marton and one in Newcastle Road which all occurred overnight on November 23.
In some cases power tools were taken.
Sgt Paul Brunton said: “While we continue investigate these burglaries we would urge residents to think about their security and review how they can improve it.
“In these instances, the locks were forced in order to break into the sheds so if you do have valuable such as bikes in outbuildings or sheds you may want to think about extra ways to secure them – and with Christmas round the corner, it’s particularly important not to give thieves the chance.
“You can help us make it difficult for thieves by following a number of steps and denying them the opportunity to steal your hard earned property.”
Tips on preventing shed or outbuilding burglaries:
• Check outbuildings, sheds and garages are locked and secure
• Keep windows shut when unoccupied
• Keep personal items such as bikes and gardening tools stored away and out of sight
• Invest in strong padlocks to fit to sheds and/or garages or have them fitted with an alarm
• CCTV is also an option to consider, or security lights which come on when someone walks toward it
• Look out for yourself and neighbours by reporting suspicious activity to police.
More advice can be found by visiting their website https://www.cheshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/
If you see suspicious activity contact police on 101, or 999 in an emergency, or if a crime is in progress.