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

Police say outbuildings such as barns and garages have been targeted.

Sometime 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 offenders gained entry to the barn and stole a number of petrol cans.

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

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

Sergeant Kevin Harmsworth said: “Enquiries into these incidents are ongoing and it is unclear at this stage if the incidents are linked.

“We know that burglaries of any kind can be extremely upsetting for the victims and we’d like to remind people to take their home security, including garages, sheds and outbuildings, seriously.

“I know that many people do not secure their outbuildings in the same way that they do their homes, but it is really important that all steps are taken to prevent opportunists from breaking in, as often these people will break into a shed or garage first to try and find the tools they need to then break into a house.

“Look at your outbuildings and think like a thief – consider how you would break in and take steps to prevent this. Consider a battery operated shed alarm. Property marking your items is also advisable.”

Anyone with information on the above incidents should call 101.

For more information and security advice visit Wiltshire Police's website.


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