Officers in High Wycombe and Chiltern and South Buckinghamshire are investigating a series of burglaries that have taken place over Christmas and the New Year.
Detective Sergeant Tim Robins, from Wycombe police station, said: “We have recently seen a spike in burglaries in which the victims’ own garden tools have been used to gain entry.
“As a result of this a team of officers are working hard to identify and prosecute those responsible.
“We want to advise homeowners that they can reduce the risk of burglary by taking a few simple steps:
- Secure any garden tools you own and not leave them out in the garden
- Ensure all doors and windows are locked before going out
- Use a timer switch to make your house look occupied, even when it isn’t
“Please remain vigilant and if you witness any suspicious activity please report it to the Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.”