Wiltshire Police is urging homeowners to make sure they secure their homes, sheds and garages after a number of burglaries in Swindon town centre.
In recent weeks, Wiltshire Police has received a number of reported dwelling burglaries and break-ins at sheds and garages in Swindon.
As a result of this, Wiltshire Police has increased patrols in the area.
PC Luke Atkinson, the Broadgreen Community Beat Manager said: “There have been a number of reported dwelling burglaries, garage breaks and shed breaks around the town centre in recent weeks, particularly in the Manchester Road and County Road area.
Increased police patrols
"Because of this, Wiltshire Police will be increasing patrols in the location in an attempt to locate the persons responsible.
"We ask that local residents keep their doors and windows, garages, sheds and vehicles secure to help prevent opportunistic thieves from taking advantage.
"We also ask that residents keep an eye on their own and their neighbours properties.
"If you see something suspicious in the area then please contact the police and report it as soon as possible.”
Residents can prevent themselves becoming victims of such crime by:
• Locking front and back doors when going out and not leaving accessible windows open in unoccupied rooms, no matter what the temperature is or how long you intend to be out.
• Being a nosey neighbour. Tell the police if you see anyone acting suspiciously in or around premises in your neighbourhood, and if possible, take the registration numbers of any unusual vehicles.
• Always taking your keys out of your lock as thieves can reach in and open the door.
• Putting valuables, including phone chargers (which implies a mobile phone is around), out of sight. It has been known for burglars to use hooks to pick up items through letterboxes, windows and cat flaps.
• Not leaving anything in reach of a cat flap.
Anyone wishing to report a crime or who thinks they may have information on any of the recent incidents, is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.