RESIDENTS in Hurst are being urged to remain vigilant after a spate of burglaries in the area.
Garden machinery such as leaf blowers and chainsaws have been stolen from sheds and garages over the last few days.
Overnight Tuesday (22) into Wednesday, someone cut a padlock from a gate at a property in Waltham Road and gone into an area known as The Orchard. The offenders then forced a lock on a shed, but nothing was stolen. Another shed where a car was kept was also broken into. It is not clear if anything was stolen during this incident.
On the same night, someone broke into a garage in Dunt Avenue by forcing the lock on the door. A long handled hedge trimmer, chainsaw and strimmer were stolen, and a nearby stable was also searched.
In Scarletts Lane, a bicycle was stolen from a garage at some point between 3pm on Tuesday and 9am on Wednesday.
On Wednesday morning, a vehicle was used to force the iron gates of a property in Orchard Road. The offenders then drove across the courtyard and tried to force the back door of the house before they were disturbed by a security light and alarm system.
Anyone with any information relating to these burglaries is urged to contact Thames Valley Police via 101.