Local Policing Team officers in Hempsted are warning residents to be on the lookout for metal thefts after a suspicious incident earlier this week.
Unknown offenders removed a set of ladders from a garden on Hempsted Lane at around 4.30pm on Tuesday, January 10. They then climbed over a fence with the ladders into another garden because, it is believed, they were planning to return to steal lead from a roof.
PC Mark Evans, who is sending letters to the community to warn them, said: “As you will be aware, the nights are getting lighter, so this will be an opportunity for thieves to use this to their advantage and steal as much as possible.
“Please secure anything that could be used to gain entry into houses or assist with the theft of lead – by keeping ladders locked up and moving items such as wheelie bins/steps away from easy access points.
“Should you see anyone acting suspiciously hanging about properties; be it on foot or in a vehicle after dark, or someone looking into gardens please gather as much information as possible – namely descriptions and vehicle registrations and then report this using the new Gloucestershire Police non-emergency number 101.
“However, if there is a risk to yourself, your property from anyone, or you think that your safety or others is endangered, please ring 999 and do not approach the person.”