Garage and Shed Warning
Posted on December 11, 2010
Bedfordshire Police are urging residents to be on their guard following an upturn in garage, garden shed and out building break-ins.
Thieves often target outbuildings and the problem is due to residents not considering the value of the equipment stored in them. Lawnmowers, power tools and even quad bikes are targeted and not cheap to replace. Residents also need to be aware that their tools will be used against them. Burglars will take advantage of unlocked sheds or garages and use tools to break into their homes.
Leaving items such as ladders and tools in the garden also act as an invitation to opportunist thief who may use them to gain access to your home.
Crime Reduction Officer, PC John Shiels, said: “The risk of becoming a victim of theft remains low, by taking a few simple steps to you can deter offenders. Having an unsecure shed or garage, could mean the difference between your property being broken into or not. “Residents need to review their security, ensure side gates are locked, boundaries are in good order and shed and garages are secure. It is also a good idea to join Neighbourhood Watch, since it provides advice on all aspects of household, personal and vehicle security.”
Here are some tips to help keep the contents of your shed and garage safe:
- Don't leave your ladders or tools in your garden as a thief will use them to gain access to your home.
- Buy and remember to USE good quality locks, padbolts or hasp and staple with padlocks for garages and sheds.
- Make sure any side passages are fitted with strong gates which are fitted with secure bolts and padlocks.
- Check gates and fences for weak spots. A high back garden wall and a thorny hedge are two great deterrents.
- Do you need a window in a shed or could you board it up?
- Marking your property with your postcode is a cheap and easy way to make sure your property is returned to you should it be stolen.
- Alternatively paint your details on the equipment - this is more effective than invisible marking which can fade and could act as a deterrent.
Anyone with information on theft or burglary can contact police, in confidence, on 01234 841212, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or text to 07786 200011.
Source: Ringmaster Bedfordshire
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