Police have joined forces with DIY stores to ‘shed’ some light on outdoor security to stop thieves in their tracks.
The force said it is during the spring and summer months that residents buy new sheds or stock up on tools to transform their gardens.
But well stocked sheds can attract the attention of opportunist thieves.
Chief Inspector Jamie Pitt, from North Tyneside area command, said: “With spring upon us and summer approaching, I’d ask people to seriously think about shed security.
“All too often we take reports of expensive items being stolen from sheds which may not have had adequate security.
“If people intend to store these items in sheds, they should always make sure they have a good quality lock fitted – close-shackle locks are designed to prevent them being cut with a saw.
“People should also consider boosting security to the rest of their garden such as locks on gates and external lighting.
“It’s also worth remembering that tools can be used to break into other property.”
People can go online and register their property for free by visiting www.immobilise.com