Shed and Garage Break-Ins: Penkhull

Officers are warning residents to be vigilant following a spate of break-ins in the Penkhull area.

The incidents occurred between the 15 and 22 December when offender/s targeted sheds and garages in Wadham Street, Princes Road, West Avenue, Watson Street, Oxford Street, Honeywall and Elenora Street. Items stolen include bikes, tools, jewellery and a scooter.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Barry Joynson at Staffordshire Police on 101.

Alternatively they can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Residents are reminded of the below crime prevention advice:

Garden sheds:

  • make sure that your shed is in good condition – that the door, door frame and walls are solid
  • replace any damaged or rotten areas with new sections
  • if you are in the process of buying a shed, try to place the door facing your house and not too close to a perimeter wall or gate
  • consider storing valuable items in a strong lockable box or cage
  • fit two closed shackle padlocks on strong padlock hasps – one a third of the way up from the bottom of the door and one a third of the way down from the top of the door
  • secure padlock hasps and door hinges using threaded coach bolts with backing plates or large backing washers to prevent the bolt being pulled through the wood – not screws which are easily pulled or forced from wood
  • fit key-operated window locks on the corners of all windows that open. If you never open windows, you could screw them permanently shut from the inside
  • fit wire mesh or bars on the inside of your window frames
  • wrap a strong chain around and through the handles of garden tools, lawn mowers, cycles etc and secure the chain to the wall using a padlock or a ground anchor fixed to the base of the shed.


  • doors should conform to British Standard PAS 24-1- basically a solid door and frame with as little glass as possible
  • use a five lever mortise lock conforming to British Standards 3621
  • fit mortise bolts at the top and bottom
  • up and over garage doors should be secured with locks fitted to the garage base or with garage mortise bolts fitted to each side
  • tools should be kept locked away.The use of a steel box fitted to the floor would deter any theft
  • if your car is in the garage it makes it harder for the thief to move around to find your property
  • ladders should be locked away or securely chained and padlocked to a strong post or wall.