Thieves raid sheds and garages in spate of burglaries

PUBLISHED: 15:03 24 October 2019

Police want homeowners to be vigilant.    Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Police want homeowners to be vigilant. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Burglars have targeted homeowners living in North Somerset and South Bristol.

Bikes and tools have been stolen from sheds and garages in places including Long Ashton.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary say the thieves have forced their way into the buildings and are warning people to be vigilant.

Inspector Andy Peppin said: "We are committed to identifying and arresting those responsible for this latest spate of burglaries and are working hard to recover and return the stolen belongings.

"Our investigation is ongoing and we are working closely with the victims.

"We are keen to hear from any members of the public who might have any information which could help with our enquiries."

The thefts took place on October 16 and Saturday at eight addresses.

Crimes were reported in Bedminster, Long Ashton and Southville.

Officers have established the criminals gained entry through force, using bolt croppers and the removal of screws.

All the offences have occurred at night, with bicycles being the most commonly stolen item.

A police spokesman said officers are investigating a number of leads and members of the public are asked to get in touch if they have any information which can help with the investigation.

Advice to homeowners has been issued in an attempt to reduce similar crimes from happening.

They say sheds are an easy target and secure outbuildings are often more suitable storage areas.

Police recommend double locking bikes to secure objects, vegetation is cut back to prevent people from hiding and keeping garden gates locked.

Inspector Peppin said: "Despite our continued efforts to tackle and reduce the numbers of burglaries across Avon and Somerset, sadly some individuals continue to break the law.

"We encourage local residents to follow this latest burglary prevention advice and help make it as difficult as possible for criminals to commit a burglary."

Police also recommend outdoor security lights and burglar alarms as crime-prevention measures.

They also encourage homeowners to sign up to a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

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