Eastbourne has seen a spate of break ins and attempted burglaries at garages across the town.
The surge has prompted a warning from officers.
“We often forget to put as much thought into securing our out buildings as we do our own homes,” said Sergeanr Mark Davis from Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team.
“Garages and sheds are where we keep some of our most valuable items and when left unsecured provides an easy target to criminals.
“Making simple adjustments like making sure padlocks are in good working order, hinges and handles are also maintained. Most criminals are opportunist, so by advertising that you have high value goods or that your building is poorly maintained will make it more appealing to them.
“Keep high value items such as garden machinery, old vintage cars, mountain bikes secure, for example padlocking to the floor or wall and keep them out of sight.
“If you have a window in your shed or garage consider frosting the glass or putting up a curtain or blind, sensor lighting is also a cheap but effective way of keeping unwanted visitors at bay.
“We are encouraging the public to keep their properties safe, especially as it is coming up to winter time, padlocks can erode, doors warp and don’t shut properly, have a quick look around your garages, make it as unappealing as possible to opportunist criminals.
“Although this is not a huge spike in break ins, its certainly a rise in comparison to the last few months. We are urging anyone that sees someone acting suspiciously to report it to us. If you are concerned and would like some advice on keeping your property safe you can contact your local officer. Details of this can be found on our website. www.sussex.police.uk”.
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