Police appeal after sharp rise in thefts from outbuildings
FRUSTRATED police are appealing to Frome residents to help them catch prolific burglars who have stolen hundreds of pounds of valuable equipment from garages and sheds in recent weeks.
According to the force, there has been a significant rise in thefts across the town over the past month, with seven reported in the past week alone.
No area was left untouched as items including expensive power tools, mountain bikes and motorcycles went missing from insecure garages, sheds and outbuildings.
There have been break-ins in Whatley, Mells, Barn Close, three in Marston Lane and one in Marston Road.
Thefts have also been reported in Spring Road, Packsaddle, Keyford and some of the villages surrounding the town.
In the most recent raid, an £800 mountain bike was stolen from an insecure garage in Lower Keyford on Monday evening.
Frome Neighbourhood Sergeant Rachel Clark said the thefts are frustrating for police and they are seeking the help of the community to track down the culprits.
She said: "In recent weeks we have seen a sharp rise in non-dwelling burglaries, nothing seems to be deterring these thieves, not even the bad weather. We cannot stress enough the importance of checking that garages and sheds have sufficient security.
"These thieves are walking away with hundreds of pounds worth of your equipment but, with the help of the public, we are determined to catch whoever it is."
Sgt Clark said Frome was a very quiet place at night and urged residents who may see or hear something to report it as soon as possible.
She said: "You may think that a security light coming on is just an animal and forget about it but please don't, if yours or a neighbour's security light is activated call us and we can be there in a matter of minutes – it could be the call we have been waiting for.
"Or have you been offered a nice bike or power tools for sale lately? Someone in the town must know something and with your help we can stop these thieves from getting away with your possessions."
The victim of the most recent theft, who didn't wish to be named, said they would be tightening up their security.
They said: "I was complacent and should have been more aware of the security or lack of it in place. I have now taken on board the advice from the police and my security is being upgraded now."
Sgt Clark said she hoped this theft would serve as a reminder to residents to be more security conscious.
She said: "I can only hope this will be a lesson to others to be more vigilant and people will take steps to stop their valuables being stolen so needlessly."
If you can help the police solve these crimes and capture the culprit call 101.