Crime Advice After Shed Break-ins in Kirklees

Friday 3 July 2020

Overnight, on the 2nd and 3rd July, there were six separate reports of garden sheds and garages being broken into – the latest in what appears to be a recent rise in these types of crimes in the Kirklees district.  

Two break-ins happened in Cleckheaton, with a petrol lawnmower being stolen in one incident. 

Four break-ins were reported in Shawcross, in which food and beer, a chainsaw and a Hyundai hedge trimmer were taken.

West Yorkshire Police have also recorded a recent increase in thefts from garages and sheds in Heckmondwike, Birstall and Birkenshaw, where offenders have forced doors, broken locks and removed screws from the hinges to gain access with offences taking place

Police are reminding residents to check the security of their garden sheds and garages and take crime prevention action.

Crime prevention officer Stephen Forrest said: “It is usually sheds which have poor levels of security which are most often targeted.

“There are a number of security measures which are fairly inexpensive and quite easy to install that you can take.”

You can find a range of advice on the West Yorkshire Police website.

Or for specific advice about your particular needs, you can email our crime prevention officers directly [email protected]

Anyone with any information about these crimes should contact West Yorkshire Police on 101 or via our online live chat.

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