Rise in shed break-ins in Shaftesbury area
POLICE are urging people to fit alarms to their sheds after a spate of break-ins in the Shaftesbury area.
Inspector Shawn Whitley of North Dorset police said there had been nine incidents in Shaftesbury since 1st March.
Three sheds were broken into last weekend at properties in French Mill Lane, Layton Lane and Gosvenor Road. A Stihl chainsaw and a petrol strimmer were among the haul.
A shed was also broken into in Elizabeth Road in Blandford and a Flymo lawnmower was stolen.
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Inspector Whitley said: "I strongly urge people to fit locks and an alarm to their shed. Alarms are very effective at stopping thieves. For the price of about £10, you can save yourself a lot of expense and upset.
"Sheds are often used to store expensive items like power tooks and lawnmowers. Victims have been very distressed by these break-ins.
"I have increased patrols and we are investigating these crimes - I want whoever is doing them to be caught and arrested."
He is appealing for anyone with information about the break-ins to contact Dorset Police on 101 or to call the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.
He said: "Anyone who has seen anything suspicious or knows who is responsible or has been offered any items cheaply that could be stolen property should call us."