The number of crimes reported in Long Melford has increased steeply over the last year.
During the last 12 months, 182 crimes were recorded in the village, compared to 138 in the previous year.
One of the main factors in the increase is a sharp rise in shed and garage burglaries.
Police received 47 reports of burglaries from an outbuilding between March 2013 and April this year – 21 more than the year before.
“The main issue has been burglary of other buildings,” said Pcso Siobhan Hemmett.
“There was a number of shed and garage break-ins in Cordell Place and we are still finding lots of unlocked buildings while on patrol.”
A Suffolk Police initiative involving the Big Bad Wolf, which sees an officer dress up as a wolf to highlight cars, houses and sheds at risk of break-in, has been used in the village, but Mrs Hemmett said many residents still needed to take greater care.
Other crimes on the increase included theft (up by seven to 28), assaults and public order offences (up by four to 19) and criminal damage (up from 11 to 14).
On a positive note, house burglaries dropped from 13 cases to five, while vehicle crime fell from 37 incidents last year to 30.