Police warning: check security in warmer weather

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POLICE have warned people to think about security in their gardens, garages and sheds now that warmer weather is here.

Recent weeks have seen an increase in shed burglaries especially in and around our towns and villages.

Lawnmowers, power tools, quads, ornaments, sports equipment and cycles are amongst those items most often taken by thieves.

Most burglaries occur at the rear of premises, burglars are lazy and are looking for easy ways to get into a house or garden. They will often use tools from sheds or garages to break into a house. The simplest and cheapest methods can reduce your risk of becoming a victim.

Securely lock away tools and ladders, consider movement operated lights and identifiable security marked property can deter burglars because it is harder for a thief to sell and can help the Police to return it if found.

Uniquely security mark your property with your postcode followed by house number or first two letters of your house name

Engrave or etch wherever possible, if not, use a permanent felt tip marker or ultra violet marker pen.

Secure your garden by locking side and rear gates

Consider prickly planting to provide nature’s own barrier to stop intruders, but keep it pruned to prevent concealment.