Homeowners should think about whether they need to install an intruder alarm system in their out buildings, Dorset Police have said.
The advice came as the force urged local residents to step up their home security measures following a series of burglaries in Bournemouth and Poole.
Members of the public are likely to be well aware of the importance of installing an alarm system for their home, but many garages and sheds have little protection against the threat posed by criminals.
Despite that, homeowners still use out buildings to store expensive goods, such as bikes and tools.
An intruder alarm system and a good quality padlock can both help to prevent burglars obtaining entry to garages and sheds, the force said.
The recommendation comes after the Home Office launched a campaign to educate the public about the importance of taking proper security measures, such as installing an alarm system and fitting good locks to doors and windows.