Wealden police launch operation to tackle thefts from garden sheds and garages

FIVE days of police action in an initative called Operation Creosote were launched by Wealden Neighbourhood Policing team in response to a recent increase in thefts from garden sheds and garages.

Officers targeted areas that had been or could be potential victims of these crimes and visited the properties.

Police knocked on doors and offered to property mark all valuable items in residents’ sheds and garages using specifically designed security stickers funded by the Safer Wealden Partnership.

The five days were deemed a ‘resounding success’ by police with more than 2,200 items property marked across the district.

More than 500 people also signed up to receive emails about crimes and policing in their local areas.

Officers also went into primary and secondary schools across Wealden to security mark cycles and scooters.

The schools were all extremely excited to see the officers and were also pleased to have their bikes marked up.

Police security marked 300 bikes in the local schools, meaning any lost or stolen bikes would be a lot easier to reunite with the owners if a theft took place.

Inspector Tony Wakefield, of the Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team, was pleased with the results of Operation Creosote and the positive actions of his Wealden neighbourhood policing team.

Insp Wakefield said: “These operations were designed to offer residents a service that most people think about doing but never quite get around to.

“Rather than leaving security stickers with residents we made a concerted effort to go into the properties and mark the items for them.

“This ensures the items are marked immediately.

“Marking property can help us in returning items to the owners as well as assisting in positive prosecutions if items are recovered.”

Operation Cresote is far from over, however.

The strategy was seen as such a success by Wealden Police that they have determined to walk the streets again and meet residents to help protect properties at risk from criminals.

Further Operation Creosote days of action have been promised in the future although the exact details have not yet been revealed.

For further information about Operation Creosote visit the Sussex Police website: www.sussex.police.uk