sheds and garages in North Tyneside have been hit by a crimewave, with 40 being targeted so far this month.
Police are now urging residents to be on the lookout following 15 burglaries in North Shields, 13 in Wallsend and six each in Whitley Bay and Killingworth between Sunday, April 1, and Tuesday this week.
Many of the victims lost tools or bikes worth hundreds of pounds.
Inspector Kevin Benson, of Wallsend’s neighbourhood policing team, said: “Most people don’t realise the value of property stored in sheds and garages until it is stolen.
“Gardeners continue to store high-value equipment such as tools, lawn mowers, power tools and bikes in sheds and outhouses without adequate security.
“I would ask the public to be more vigilant and take extra security measures in and around the garden.
“It’s worth spending a little on simple security devices to save a lot in the future.”
“By taking some simple precautions, you can put yourself at less risk of becoming a victim of opportunist thieves.
“Please remember if you do see or hear any suspicious activity, especially overnight when most offences occur, call the police straightaway.”
Police can be contacted on 101 ext 69191.