Thames Valley Police (TVP) have warned residents of south Reading about a spate of thefts from garden sheds over the last week.

“There have been a number of thefts or attempted thefts from sheds across the Whitley neighbourhood over the last few days,” said Liz Herbert, TVP’s community messaging co-ordinator in Reading. “Most of these offences are happening overnight or late in the evening and entry is gained by forcing locks, doors, or removing them,”

She added that thieves pick on sheds because they are often unprotected and lack security. A shed’s contents can be sold or used to force entry into the owner’s home.

TVP say that people often lack basic security on their sheds, and they have issued a list of security measures that might help, including fitting a closed shackle padlock, using tamper-proof screws, installing shed alarms or security lighting, and postmarking property.

Phone the police enquiry centre on 101 if you see anything suspicious. You can receive Thames Valley alerts directly by registering at their website.

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