Nine shed break-ins in 24 hours in Sheffield prompts police warning

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A series of shed break-ins in Sheffield has prompted South Yorkshire Police to issue a warning.

A spate of nine shed burglaries in the past 24 hours in Crookes, Malin Bridge and Walkley has led police to share tips on keeping them secure.

A statement from the force said: “As the evenings are now lighter, people are enjoying getting back into their gardens.

“Locking away low value gardening tools and securing your shed may not seem important, but tools can often be expensive to replace and could even be used by a burglar to break into your home.”

The tips are:

• Install outside security lighting with an optional motion sensor

• Lock up all tools securely in a shed or outbuilding

• Mark any valuable property with your house number and postcode

• Plant thorny shrubs to deter burglars from climbing into your garden