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'Sheducation' - simple tips to keep the contents of your shed safe this summer

With summer well under way, the majority of us will be taking the opportunity to get out and about in our gardens.

Many residents think the contents of their shed are of low value and so pay little attention to security, which makes it the perfect time for opportunistic thieves to strike.

Although Warwickshire Police and other community safety partners do everything they can to prevent and reduce theft, you can take a number of steps to avoid becoming a victim.

All you need is a little 'sheducation':

  • Cars, bikes, tools, sporting equipment and other valuable items are often kept in garages and sheds. Keep them secure by fitting an alarm or a good quality lock.
  • Keep your fences, gates, sheds, outbuildings and walls in good repair to stop intruders getting in
  • Hang old net curtains on the inside of the windows to hide the contents of your shed
  • Chain large items such as bicycles together - it is much more difficult for a thief to carry away a number of large, heavy items all at once
  • Mark your garden tools and equipment with your postcode and house number
  • Grow thorny plants and bushes to prevent unwelcome people from entering your garden
  • Fit grilles or mesh to the windows
  • Register your property at www.immobilise.com

Remember the tools and equipment you keep in your shed could be used to force entry into your home - causing even more expense and hassle in the long run.

Don't give thieves shed loads of opportunities! Click here for further crime prevention advice.

Issued: 10am, Friday 30 June, Laura Maltby, Corporate Communications

 

Published 30/06/17