Householders in affluent parts of south Leeds will be offered funding for improved security measures in a bid to curb a wave of shed break-ins.
Between January and May police recorded 33 incidents of garden and allotment sheds being burgled, predominantly in the Rothwell area.
Thirteen of the break-ins happened at the Victoria Allotments, off Wood Lane, with thieves targeting high-value bikes and gardening tools.
Now Leeds City Council’s outer south area committee has agreed to provide £1,000 in funding to subsidise security improvements.
Insp Yvette Hammill, who runs the Rothwell Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Crime is low in the area, but if you look at where we have had a slight increase it is in this type of burglary. Because the population is slightly more affluent, the sheds contain high-value bikes and tools.
“It’s a sign of the time perhaps that, with the recession and the big fight we have had against house burglary, people are potentially turning to this type of crime.”
Under the scheme police will work with crime-fighting charity Community Action and Support Against Crime to offer residents a 50 per cent discount on the £62 cost of installing the security measures, including shed bars.
Coun Karen Bruce, chairman of the area committee, said: “This project will help make people’s sheds securer and deter burglars from trying to break in. It will also educate the community on security and dealing with burglaries, all at a discounted cost.
“This will bring down the number of burglaries and contribute to the wider efforts to make Rothwell a safer, crime-free area.”