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Rushcliffe borough police step up overnight patrols after spate of burglaries in East Bridgford, Car Colston and Screveton villages

Police are stepping up overnight patrols in rural areas after a spate of burglaries targeting sheds, garages and community buildings.

There have been eight reports of burglaries in and around East Bridgford, Car Colston and Screveton villages and residents are now being urged to stay vigilant.

Police patrols. (39342818)
Police patrols. (39342818)

Inspector Craig Berry for Rushcliffe Borough said the team chose the north Bingham area as a priority for patrols: "It appears these offences have taken place overnight and offenders would likely have had access to a van or trailer to remove the stolen property.

"We will use a range of tactics and we will vary these at different times and at present we have placed ‘police operation’ signs at prominent location to alert people to our activity.

"We will also work with local parish councils to assist with crime prevention advice for local residents and to ensure the early reporting of suspicious activity.

"Sheds are often targeted by thieves because they are not designed to store valuable equipment and property — they were originally designed to house potting plants. Their fairly flimsy construction makes them easy to break into via the door, windows, walls or even the roof.

"However, many homes have little outside storage space, so the shed inevitably becomes a place for storing items that are not wanted indoors.

"We are working hard to prevent criminals from targeting sheds and properties, but you can play your part in making sure it is as difficult as possible for them."

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