A number of valuable items have been stolen from a garage in Coalpit Heath.

Police are investigating the burglary that saw a number of rare signed photos and memorabilia stolen.

At some point between 11pm on Tuesday 18 February and 6am on Wednesday 19 February, entry was forced into a garage in Rose Oak Lane and items stolen.

The items stolen include: Signed photograph montages of Marilyn Monroe and Patsy Cline, Autographs and photo of Buddy Holly & The Crickets, signed photograph of Johnny Weissmuller, World War Two tapestry and uniforms, a Gretsch G3100 historic series Hawaiian guitar and other tools.

Police have appealed for anyone who sees these items to contact them on 101 and give reference number 5220040767.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: "We always encourage people to report suspicious behaviour as it happens. If you think a crime is underway, call 999. Otherwise ring 101."

Police have advised all homeowners to take steps to ensure the security of their properties and outbuildings, including:

• Mark your power tools or other items with your postcode and house number or the first two letters of your house name and register details on the Immobilise website.

• Put away all tools and equipment and lock up using good quality or specialist locks.

• Remember these tools could be used to break into your home. Don’t leave ladders outside, or chain them up if you have to.

• Double garage doors with a rim latch should be supplemented with a mortice deadlock.

• Most standard ‘up and over’ garage doors are easily overcome by a burglar. You can prevent this by drilling a hole through the channel above the wheels and fitting a padlock. Alternatively, fit a hasp and staple each side of the door with a padlock or fit a specialist lock.

• If the garage is attached to the main building ensure that connecting doors are secure.

• Check that your household insurance covers theft from your garden and outbuildings.

• Fit a battery-operated alarm.

• Fit a window grille and/or frosted window film to stop a thief seeing into your shed or garage.

• Chain tools, cycles and other valuable equipment together using a high-security chain or cable and a good quality padlock.

• Replace standard hinges with strap hinges secured by coach bolts or use security screws on existing hinges.