Police patrols are being stepped up in parts of the city following a spate of vehicle and shed break-ins in the area.

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Tools, bicycles and fishing equipment are among the items to be stolen in the break-ins, which have happened in the Newmarket Street, Beaumont Place and Gloucester Street area since July 16.

Letters have been sent to people living in the area warning them about what has happened and urging them to be on the look-out for any suspicious activity.

Police Community Support Officer Karen Coulson from the Norwich South Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) said: “So far, we’re aware of one vehicle break-in in Beaumont Place overnight on 16/17 July; a vehicle break-in and a shed break-in in Newmarket Street on the same night, and three shed break-ins which occurred in Newmarket Street and Gloucester Street overnight on July 19/20.

“It’s clear the area is being targeted. We’re currently engaged in trying to find the offender(s) and ask for your help.

“If you witnessed anything which may be connected to these crimes, please contact us. The more information we receive, the better chance we have of achieving a successful result. Please help us to help you.”

PCSO Coulson, who said patrols in the area would be increased as a result of the break-ins, has warned people not to leave items on display in vehicles, and ensure sheds and garages are securely locked.

She said: “A lot of people will store expensive items in sheds, such as bikes, tools and garden equipment so it’s worthwhile investing in security.

“A decent padlock and a battery-powered shed alarm are cost-effective ways to help protect your property. I would also encourage residents to property-mark valuables, making it harder for criminals to sell on while also helping police to identify recovered stolen property.”

Motorists are also being advised to make sure property is removed from display and that vehicles are left locked and secure.

PCSO Coulson added: “I would ask residents to be vigilant, and to report incidents of suspicious activity to police using the non-emergency number 101, or dial 999 if you believe a crime is in progress.”

Anyone with information about the break-ins should call 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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