THOUSANDS of leaflets are to be handed out in a bid to stop thieves operating across Sunderland.
Police are hoping to increase awareness of shed burglaries which always see a spike in the spring and summer.
Well-stocked sheds can prove too tempting for opportunist thieves.
Now, 5,000 shed and garden security leaflets are to be given out to help as part of a city-wide crime prevention message.
Chief Inspector Dave Willett, from Sunderland Area Command, said: “With spring upon us and summer approaching, I’d ask people to seriously think about shed security.
“All too often we take reports of expensive items being stolen from sheds which may not have had adequate security.
“If people intend to store these items in sheds, they should always make sure they have a good quality lock fitted. Close-shackle locks are designed to prevent them being cut with a saw.
“It’s also a good idea to keep records of your property inside the shed, marking your post code on them with a UV pen and registering them with Immobilise.
“People should also consider boosting security to the rest of their garden such as locks on gates and external lighting.”
He added: “Anyone working in their garden should also remember to still lock doors and windows and never leave garages or sheds unlocked.
“It’s worth remembering that tools can be used to break into other property.”
Councillor Harry Trueman, chairman of the Safer Sunderland Partnership, which paid for the leaflets, added: “Getting these simple crime prevention messages across is vitally important not only to reduce crime, but also to increase re-assurance that we are aware of the problems.
“A little information can go a very long way and we hope that people will take heed of the advice from their neighbourhood police teams, which is reinforced in the leaflets.”