Security alert follows a rise in garage and shed raids
People living in the Bath area are being advised to take extra security measures after a rise in garage and shed break-ins.
Since the beginning of June there have been ten garage and 12 shed burglaries reported across the Bath and north east Somerset district, which is a slight increase compared to this time last year.
Community safety officer Elizabeth Shire said there were simple things that home owners could do to protect their property.
She said: "The steps you can take to protect your home are not expensive or time-consuming. They are easy to implement and effective in reducing the risk of becoming a victim of burglary."
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Her advice includes:
Look at your home from the street and think about how a burglar may break in – and then take the necessary steps to deny them this opportunity.
While at home never leave open windows and doors unattended, even in warmer weather. If you are at the back of your house doing some gardening or having a barbecue, lock front windows and doors to prevent walk-in thieves.
Remember to remove keys from locked windows and doors and to keep them out of sight in a safe place.
Fit security lights to the outside of your home at the front and back, with sensors so that they are triggered during the hours of darkness.
Secure your garden shed, especially if you keep valuable items stored inside.
Fit a strong, lockable, high gate across any side passage to stop a thief getting to the back of the house where they can work undisturbed.
Register all your belongings on the national property database www.immobilise.com.
Anyone who feels that they would benefit from further advice can speak to a crime prevention officer by calling Avon and Somerset police on 101.