Residents in the Moorlands are being urged to keep outbuildings secure after a series of break-ins. The warning has been sent out by Staffordshire Police after four outbuildings in Leek were broken into last week.
Residents in the Moorlands are being urged to keep outbuildings secure after a series of break-ins.
The warning has been sent out by Staffordshire Police after four outbuildings in Leek were broken into last week.
A number of tools were taken from some of the buildings after the culprits managed to gain entry to them.
A spokesman for the force said: “Officers are urging residents in Leek to ensure their outbuildings, sheds and garages are kept secure following a serious of recent break-ins.
“Police were first called at 4.55am on Wednesday (December 22) to an address off Buxton Road.
“The victim reported that offenders had forced entry into a rear garden between 1.30am and 4.55am, before accessing a padlocked outbuilding and stealing a number of tools.”
The spokesman added: “Around an hour later, officers were called to a nearby property where an informant told police two outbuildings had been accessed, but nothing had been taken.
“A further nearby detached garage was targeted overnight – where offenders are believed to have entered through a window before stealing a number of work tools.”
Police are now urging residents across the area to be vigilant and ensure that outbuildings, sheds and garages are kept secure.
Chief Inspector Mark Thorley, of Staffordshire Moorlands Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We are advising local residents to ensure their gardens, outbuildings, sheds and garages are kept secure to deter any opportunists from targeting your valuables.
“Where possible, install CCTV and alarms to cover at-risk areas.
“Ensure garages and sheds are kept in good repair and protected with strong security locks.”
For more information on how to protect your home and property from burglars, visit the Staffordshire Police website.
Anyone with any information related to the above incidents is being encouraged to contact Staffordshire Police on Facebook, Twitter or call 101 quoting incidents 95 of December 22. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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