South Wales Police Detectives are working hard to trace criminals responsible for a spate of shed burglaries over the past month.
Burglars have struck 34 times since the beginning of June, targeting insecure houses, sheds and outbuildings throughout the Rhondda Valley.
Police advice is to lock it or risk losing it, as they continue their investigations to identify who is responsible.
Local Policing Inspector for the area Elen Reeves, said:
“Burglars are active in the area and they are targeting bikes, lawnmowers and power tools. These things are easy for them to sell on and many people are storing them in unlocked sheds and making it easy for them.
“Everybody should be on their guard and make sure that doors and locked and valuable property is either kept indoors or is fixed down.”
Properties in Porth have been hardest hit with 15 reported in June.
Other burglaries have been reported in Treorchy, Tonypandy, and Penygraig.
Of the 34 burglaries, 19 were houses, one was a flat and 14 were sheds and garages.
Arrests have been made for house burglaries but it’s believed those behind the shed and outbuilding burglaries are still at large.
Elen Reeves continued:
“Our officers are in the area day and night and we are doing everything that we can to prevent further incidents and find who is responsible. We’ve made some arrests which is good news but the public should be vigilant and report anything suspicious to us. People should also check their sheds and outbuildings to see if they have been targeted as often, incidents are reported days after which can impinge upon our investigations.”
Anybody with information should contact South Wales Police via 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.