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Lickey burglaries alert

Posted on April 20 2010 at 3:24:17

Police are warning householders at Lickey Hills to be on their guard following the theft of garden tools from a shed and a garage there.

Officers are linking two break-ins at Monument Lane which both happened in the last few days. Thieves broke into a shed at one of the properties between noon on Sunday (April 18) and 8pm last night (April 19) and stole an electric hedge trimmer.

Another householder reported that someone had broken into their garage at around 10.20pm on Sunday night (April 18) and stolen a petrol-driven strimmer and a petrol-driven hedge trimmer.

Local Policing Officer PC Mandy Baldwin said: “We are investigating these incidents and would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity, in particular any unusual vehicles, in the area around Monument Lane over the weekend.

“Anyone with information can reach us on 0300 333 3000 or if they prefer to remain anonymous they can call Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.

“As a result of these break-ins we are stepping up high visibility patrols in the area to reassure people and our Community Support Officers are also delivering leaflets to residents advising them to review the security of their sheds, garages and other outbuildings.”

West Mercia Police has just launched its ‘nip garden crime in the bud’ campaign to combat thefts from sheds and gardens which often see an increase in the spring.

Thousands of packets of seeds are to be distributed to the public across the force area in the coming months, giving tips on how people can improve their outdoor security and protect garden equipment and tools.

West Mercia Police has also produced shed cards with the message ‘STOP all valuables have been removed’, which residents can display on their sheds (in gardens and allotments). The cards act as a handy reminder that valuable items should not be stored in sheds, as well as deterring thieves from breaking in.

PC Ian White, the force’s Crime Risk Manager, said: “While many people take steps to protect their homes and the property inside them, they often leave valuable equipment such as power tools, mowers, garden tools and bikes in sheds in their gardens or allotments. Often they are unsecured or not strong or secure enough to defend against thieves.

“We are advising people to look at how to secure their gardens and allotments and if necessary make some adjustments.”

The force has produced a leaflet that gives further security advice, which is available to download from the force website (www.westmercia.police.uk) and from garden centres and police stations.

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