POLICE on the Isle of Wight have warned allotment holders to secure their property after a series of shed break-ins at a Seaview allotment over the weekend.
At least nine sheds were broken into at Sandlands Allotments in Steyne Road sometime on Saturday, 5, and Sunday, 6, and two rotovators and two strimmers have been reported stolen.
Investigating officer PC Laura Cade said: "I would like to ask people in the local area to keep an eye out for anyone attempting to sell large garden tools similar to those items taken.
"If anyone has information relating to the shed breaks or has seen anyone acting suspiciously please contact the police by phoning 101."
Anyone with information can contact PC Cade at Shanklin Police Station on 101 and information can be given anonymously by phoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police gave the following crime prevention advice:
•Ensure access points into the garden are secure i.e. side or back gates are locked and fences should be 6ft high. You can increase the height by installing trellis on top.
•Shed security should be taken as seriously as that of your home, not only is there often high value equipment stored within but often the tools can help a burglar break into your home. Keep ladders chained and locked to a secure point and tools preferably in locked cupboards or boxes.
•The main shell of the shed should be in good order and doors should be sturdy with a British standard lock. You can always consider lining the shed with ply-wood to make it harder to break into.
•If you need a window in the shed use Perspex rather than glass.
•Shed alarms are available from DIY centres.
•Keep a note of any serial numbers of tools and bikes kept in the shed and register them for free at www.immobilise.com