Police in Sheffield are urging the owners of sheds to step up their security following a spate of burglaries in a city suburb.
Overnight on Sunday into Monday last week police were made aware of nine shed break-ins across Greenhill.
The offences were committed on and around Westwick Road.
On some occasions door hinges were removed to gain entry.
Sergeant Dean Hill, of the Woodseats and Gleadless Valley Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “In light of the recent spike in shed break-ins we are asking residents to consider their security methods to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of crime.
“Sheds and outbuildings can be seen as easy pickings because they are often unprotected and lack basic security measures.
“They often contain property that can be sold on or contain tools that can be used to force entry into the owner’s or neighbour’s home.
“It can only take a moment to be targeted by an opportunist thief so we hope this appeal will help to stop more people from becoming victims of crime.”
South Yorkshire Police has issued a series of crime prevention tips in the wake of the break-ins.
A force spokeswoman said: “Make sure door hinge screws or lock screws can’t be undone easily. By using tamper proof screws or coach bolts together with a good quality pad bar or hasp and staple and close shackled padlock, shed owners will make it harder for the would-be thief.
“It is also a good idea to bond any window glass in with mastic to prevent easy removal. Windows can be fitted with a grille or, as a cheaper alternative, chicken wire, to slow a thief down.
“Install a shed alarm. These can be battery operated so mains power isn’t required.
“Postcode or indelibly mark all property such as lawnmowers, bikes, and tools using ultra-violet pens.”