WEST Yorkshire Police aim to sow the seeds of crime prevention success with their latest campaign.
Prevent the `Shedache' of becoming a crime victim is the theme of the spring campaign, which encourages people to secure their sheds and garages.
Valuable tools and equipment in insecure sheds and outhouses are often a target for thieves.
Police are urging householders to put security first.
As part of the campaign police will be sending out advice leaflets and posters to garden centres and do-it-yourself stores.
They will also distribute packs of seeds for summer flowers bearing the message: Prevent the `Shedache' of becoming a victim of crime.
The force's crime reduction officer, Det Insp John Minary, said: "Many people go to great trouble securing their house.
"But they leave valuable property in a shed or garage which is either insecure or in such poor repair that it doesn't provide a barrier to a thief.
"Gardening tools and furniture are not cheap and are very saleable.
"Also, tools stolen from your shed could be used to burgle your house."
Simple steps to prevent shed crime include:
* Fit a quality lock on the door. Choose a closed- shackle padlock and bolt the fittings on to the door. Fit a steel plate on the inside to reinforce the door
* Make sure any windows are secured. Consider fitting a grille or bars. Fit a blind or curtains to stop people looking inside.
* Postcode property such as cycles, lawnmowers and hedge trimmers.
* Light up your shed. Fit an energy-efficient dusk to dawn light.
* Fit an alarm.