Burglary wave reported in Tisbury area

A WARNING has been issued to residents of the Tisbury area to be extra vigilant after a series of burglaries.

Police said outbuildings such as barns and garages had been targeted.

Between October 16 and 17, damage was caused to a barn door in Swallowcliffe when offenders attempted to break in.

The same barn was targeted on October 24 – on this occasion the violators entered the barn and stole a number of gas cans.

A garage was broken into in Donhead St Andrew between midnight and 6 a.m. on October 20.

An outhouse at an address in Dinton Road, Fovant, was broken into between October 25 and 26, with a number of stolen garden tools, including a leaf blower, chainsaw and hedge trimmer.

Sergeant Kevin Harmsworth said: “Investigations into these incidents are ongoing and it is not clear at this point whether the incidents are related.

“We know that burglaries of all kinds can be extremely upsetting for victims and we would like to remind people to take the security of their homes seriously, including garages, sheds and outbuildings.

“I know a lot of people don’t secure their outbuildings the same way they secure their homes, but it’s really important that all steps are taken to prevent opportunists from breaking in, because often these people will first break into a shed or garage, try to find the tools they need and then break into a home.

“Look at your addictions and think like a thief – think about how you will break in and take steps to prevent it. Consider a battery operated shed alarm. Ownership marking your articles is also advisable.

Anyone with information on the above incidents should call 101.

For more information and safety advice visit the Wiltshire Police website.

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