Police warning after series of shed and garage break-ins
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Police in Gloucester are warning residents to be vigilant after reports that thieves are breaking into sheds and garages to steal bicycles.
Officers believe that communal bike sheds and the lobbies of flats are also being targeted.
There have been a number of reports of burglaries and attempted burglaries in the city since the start of the year. Officers believe that the thieves are specifically looking for pedal bikes.
Two adult bicycles were reported stolen from a shed at a property in Riversley Road on Friday 8 January.
A bike was also reported taken from a shed at a property in Rosebery Avenue on Saturday 9 January.
There have also been reports of locks being broken and sheds searched in Elmbridge Road and Linden Road, although nothing was believed to have been taken.
Inspector Emma MacDonald said: “We have seen a growing number of incidents of sheds and garages being broken into and bikes being stolen. Given that other items are being left, it is clear that bicycles are being targeted.
"Criminals are often opportunistic and will target locations where they can offend whilst going unnoticed. We want to remind people to ensure that their homes and sheds/garages are locked when unattended and to remove any valuable items.”
Homeowners are advised to install a 'WIDE' combination of security devices as well ensuring that back gates are secure. Advice on how to protect your shed, garage and outhouse can be found here: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/non-residential-burglary/secure-shed-garage/
Anyone who believes they have been the victim of a shed/garage break in that hasn’t already reported this can do so by calling 101 or using our online submission form: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/