In the past month, 12 similar crimes have taken place. In particular, push bikes – both children’s and adults’ – are being targeted, with tools also a hot favourite for thieves.
Last Wednesday, there were two break-ins in Bullbrook Drive, where thieves gained entry to the sheds via a communal path at the back of the houses.
The second break-in was only discovered when police officers called out to investigate the first theft found the shed open.
On the same night, in nearby Basemoors, a bag containing tools was stolen from a shed after criminals broke a window.
Bikes have all been stolen recently from Guillemot Street, Upshire Gardens, Crofton Close and Wyresdale in Bracknell, and from Dukes Wood and Lower Broadmoor Road in Crowthorne, and Abingdon Road, Sandhurst.
It appears thieves are specifically targeting bikes.
In the theft in Wyresdale, Bracknell, which took place on Sunday, April 13, a child’s quad bike and push bike were stolen from a shed after thieves moved other items out of the way to get to them.
The police are warning residents to be vigilant saying opportunist thieves identify sheds as easy pickings because they are often unprotected.
Therefore officers advise people to ensure sheds are locked properly to deter thieves.