TWO men have been charged after outbuildings were broken into in a Southampton road.

They were charged with non-dwelling burglaries following the break-ins at Green Park Road, Southampton, at around 1am on Sunday.

Dwain Ward, 36, of no fixed abode, has been charged with two counts of burglary other than dwelling with intent to steal.

George Maunders, 39 of Old Redbridge Road, has been charged with one count of burglary other than dwelling and one count of burglary other than dwelling with intent to steal.

Both men were due to appear at Southampton Magistrates Court today.

As a result, police have released the following crime prevention advice.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary said: "Do you know how to keep your shed or garage secure to protect yourself from burglary?

"It’s not uncommon for people to not secure their shed or garage in the same way they do their home.

"A burglar will usually try a shed or garage first because they can find the tools they need to get into house.

"So, it’s important to keep your shed locked with a good padlock with no exposed screws. Pay attention to hinges, as these are sometimes easily removable. If you have windows then these could be vulnerable unless they’re secured with wire mesh or grills.

"Another important thing to remember is to check whether your insurance covers the contents of your shed and outbuildings from theft, too."