Garden theft rise - police warning

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Wetherby’s police chief is urging people to be extra vigilant over possessions being left in gardens over the summer, after an increase in garden thefts.

More than 32 incidents have been reported over the last two months leading Inspector Marcus Griffiths to urge householders to make sure their belongings are secure.

“I would encourage people who leave things in their garden such as garden furniture and barbecue equipment or anything valuable to store them away and make sure that it is not in view,” Insp Griffiths said.

“We have seen an increase in thefts from gardens recently and we encourage everyone to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

“We would ask members of the public to ask and question people if they are not aware of any building work in the area.”

The appeal follows a number of incidents at the weekend when three bikes were stolen from the front garden of a house on Taylor Lane, Barwick-in-Elmet between 9 and 9.30pm last Friday.

One of the bikes was later found dumped nearby, however two are still missing.

The two missing bikes are described as mountain bikes, one black and one pink and white.