POLICE have assured residents that a spate of garage raids in Milford is being investigated despite reports to the contrary.
Tools and a bicycle were stolen when thieves targeted four outbuildings during last Friday night, including two in Lymore Lane and two in Wood Lane.
After forcing entry to one of the Lymore Lane garages, offenders escaped with gardening tools valued at £150. A saw was taken from the other in the same road.
A bike was removed from one outbuilding in Wood Lane, but nothing was taken from the other entered in that road.
Posting on a local police Facebook page, Sgt Katrina Smith wrote: “I am aware that the victims of such [break-ins] have received messages stating that these will not be investigated.
“The neighbourhood team will always pick up on crimes that have taken place overnight and will conduct enquiries to try and aid the investigation. Please rest assured that my team are looking into these breaks and we will be increasing patrols over the coming days.
“My stance is quite clear. I will not accept people coming to this neighbourhood to commit crime, residents work hard for their belongings and these crimes are not acceptable. Myself and the team will be keeping a close eye on these crimes and will work hard to identify offenders.”
Sgt Smith also urged owners of sheds and garages to check they are locked and also ensure high-value items are not left inside.
Those with information should contact Hampshire police on 101, quoting crime reference number 44200202886 for the tools theft, 44200203054 for the saw theft, or 44200202988 for the Wood Lane raids. Crimestoppers can also be called on 0800 555 111.