Police in Ludgershall are appealing for witnesses after a series of break-ins to garages in the town.

Garages on Wood Park were broken into overnight on Wednesday, March 3 and Thursday, March 4 by persons unknown.

The perpetrators are thought to have been looking for certain items they were tasked with ‘stealing to order’. This is where items are stolen on behalf of a buyer who either wants the items themselves, or will sell them on to a third party.

PC Sharon Duggan said: "These incidents, which all follow a similar pattern, suggest that the unknown offenders were possibly looking to steal to order.

"Entry was gained by locks and padlocks being interfered with.

"We would like to remind residents to ensure their garages, sheds and outhouses are secured properly.

"If you heard or saw anything suspicious in the area at this time and date. please contact us on 101 quoting crime reference number 54210020754.

"Alternatively, you can report anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Wiltshire Police recommend a series of measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of being robbed.

They say there should be “approved” locks or bolts to all doors and windows, and to not leave spare keys in hiding places such as plant pots or letter boxes. They also recommend installing monitored burglar alarms from certified companies.

As for objects in the property, serial numbers from electrical items, tools and garden equipment with Immobilise.com, a free national property register used by police to help return stolen items. High value items without serial numbers can be marked with an artificial DNA property marker such as Smartwater or SelectaDNA.

Wiltshire Police said: “Be aware of your home security and build it in as part of your everyday routine; for example, locking a ladder away or a simple step like leaving a light on to make it look like someone is home could make all difference.”