POLICE have issued a seasonal warning to residents and businesses after at least 11 burglaries across the Staffordshire Moorlands in the past week.
In the latest raids over the weekend, four sheds were broken into along Mount Road, Leek, which led to a number of garden items being stolen.
Three of the buildings belonged to residential properties and one to a residential home. The sheds were all raided between Saturday, December 14, and lunchtime on Monday, December 16.
Police officer Dave Cruxton of Leek Police, said: "We have been called to four break-ins of sheds where several items of garden equipment, including petrol hedge trimmers, mowers and strimmers along with an electric leaf blower have all been stolen.
"We urge all householders and businesses to make sure their property and outdoor buildings have adequate security measures in place as thieves have targeted homes, sheds and garages.
"This has increased as we enter the Christmas period."
Last Sunday, December 15, at 10.45pm police were called to the Royal Mail delivery office at Stockton Brook.
An alarm box had been removed from the outside wall which activated and alerted the alarm company.
The offenders smashed a door and cause considerable damage, but failed to enter the premises.
A police spokesman said the offenders then fled the scene, but the alarm box was still missing.
On Monday, December 9, a property was entered in Ash Bank Road, Werrington. The incident was reported to police at 3pm after the occupiers came back and found the back door had been forced open. A TV and two laptops were taken.
On Thursday, December 12, a garage was broken into at Armshead Road, Werrington.
The incident was reported to police at 7.10pm. An up and over door had been forced open and a quantity of tools were stolen including drills and a chain saw.
On Friday December 13 at 6.40pm raiders broke into a house in Cross Street, Biddulph. A lap top and Blackberry phone were taken.
On Saturday, December 14, occupiers returned to their home in New Street, Biddulph Moor to find it had been broken into.
The incident occurred between 4.45pm and 10.15pm. A double glazed pane in a door was smashed to gain entry to the property.
An iPod and jewellery were stolen in the raid, including a rare gents Zeitner watch.
Between 5pm on Sunday, December 15, and 9am on Monday, December 16, a brick garage was broken into at a property situated at The Bridle Path in Werrington.
A Stihl chainsaw worth between £250 and £450 was taken.
Thieves also attempted to break into a garage at Railway Court in Endon overnight between December 15 and 16. However nothing was stolen.
Anyone you has any information is urged to contact Staffordshire Police on their 101 number.
If you have any information on the break-in of the four sheds contact PC Cruxton at Leek Police also on the 101 number. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.