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Staffordshire Police urge residents in the North of Stoke-on-Trent to "Step up their Shed Security" after a recent crimewave



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Police are urging homeowners to step up security on their sheds and outbuildings following a number of break-ins across the north of the city.

Overnight Sunday 8 and Monday 9 September four sheds were targeted in the Packmoor area.

A pedal cycle was recovered after being stolen from a shed in Zodiac Drive. A 23-year-old Stoke-on-Trent man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and bailed, pending further inquiries, to a date next month.

Offender/s stole golf clubs from a shed in Tidebrook Place and fishing tackle from a shed in Powderham Close. Fortunately nothing was stolen from a shed in Landrake Grove.

Between Saturday 7 and Tuesday 10 September offender/s targeted the Sandyford area. They broke into two houses under renovation in Murray Street. They stole a radiator and boiler from one address, nothing from the other.

A shed in Broadfield Road was broken into and a Hornby train set and mountain bike stolen.

Offender/s attempted to break into a garage on Hollywall Lane but failed.

A mountain bike was stolen from a shed in Sneyd Place.

An investigation into this emerging crime trend is now underway and officers are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry, including whether the incidents are linked.

Inspector Mark Churton, from Stoke-on-Trent North Local Policing Team (LPT), said:

“High-visibility patrols by local neighbourhood officers have been stepped up in the affected areas and we are working hard with residents to help them improve security.

“It is essential that people keep their homes, vehicles, sheds and outbuildings as secure as possible at all times. Opportunist thieves can strike in seconds and we need to make it harder for them to commit crime.

“There are numerous security devices available to protect property and I would encourage people to register their valuables at www.immobilise.com

“If you see, or hear, anyone acting suspiciously in your community then please call us on 101."

For crime prevention advice please click here

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