by Lesley Richards POLICE are urging people to lock up sheds and garages to stop burglars using gardening equipment to break into homes.
They should also fit alarms and security lights.
The warning comes from PS Glynn Worley who said: "Thieves can easily use tools lying around to break into someone’s home.
"The average shed or garage contains hundreds of pounds worth of equipment, and if they are insecure then offenders don’t even need to break into homes to steal valuables.”
Police recommend that residents install shed alarms and security lights and security mark power tools, bikes and other valuable items with ultraviolet marker pens.
Items should be chained together using a high-security chain or cable and a good quality padlock, and the chain should be securely fastened to the wall or floor.
For even greater peace of mind, residents can register valuable items on www.immobilise.com, free of charge.