The Victoria Police Department says the number of break and enters to residential sheds and storage areas has skyrocketed.
According to VicPD, between March 15 and May 2, thefts from residential properties, including sheds, storage areas and yards, were up 263% compared to the same period in 2019.
Break-ins of homes are also up 124 per cent for the same period.
“Both of these increases mirror other COVID-19 driven increases to property crime such as business break and enters and mischiefs,” the department said in a press release.
VicPD says thieves are focussed on high-value items such as bicycles, phones, laptops, small appliances like vacuums and electronics, and tools, which are often found in basements, sheds, and storage lockers.