The Delaware State Police has issued a number of suggestions to help keep sheds and garages secure.

Over the past several weeks; the Delaware State Police has investigated thefts from various residential sheds and detached garages at several locations ranging from Georgetown to Millsboro, Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said.

State police learned that an undetermined number of people have been entering various sheds and detached garages stealing items such as power tools, lawn and garden equipment, and in one incident, a 9mm pistol. In most cases, the out buildings were unsecured.

Fournier said state police urge people to do the following:

- Lock sheds and garage doors and secure any windows on the buildings.

- Record serial numbers of items stored in the buildings and take pictures of the items for identification purposes.

- Leave outdoor lights on in the driveway or have security lighting or alarms installed.

- If a large item came in a box as a Christmas present, don't advertise by leaving the box out by the trash to be recycled or thrown away. Break down the box and shred it or take the box to a local recycling bin to be discarded.

- Report any suspicious activity to 911 immediately.

Anyone with information on any of these break-ins call Troop 4 Property Crimes Unit at 302-856-5850. Information also may be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333, via the Internet at delawarecrimstoppersweb.com, or by sending a text to 274637 (CRIMES), starting the message with the keyword “DSP.”