Shed break-ins warning:
Officers in South Norfolk are reminding residents to keep their sheds locked and secure.
The warning comes following a number of recent shed break-ins in the Broome area where garden equipment has been stolen.
Officers are advising homeowners of simple crime prevention measures as sheds and insecure outdoor buildings are often targets to opportunistic thieves.
- Fit good quality locks 1/3 up and 1/3 down on the door, alternatively use a shed bar to increase security
- Do not neglect the hinge either side and use security screws or bolts through their fixings
- Secure the windows with a weld mesh or a crime shield product secured from the inside
- If your storage area is under your surveillance or within earshot, fit a security light to deter the thief and alert you to activity near your shed or use a shed alarm, which sounds if the shed door is forced open.
- Store high value items in the home
- Use padlock & chain to secure item such as lawn mowers to a heavy anchor point, and cable alarms can be used to link several items together
- Fit curtains or blinds to windows to obscure contents
- Keep a list of everything of value with make and model details & serial numbers with photographs if possible.
Pc Jim Squires from Norfolk Constabulary has also issued further advice: “I would strongly urge anyone leaving any items of value in sheds or garages to get their property marked, whether it’s electronically or through DNA technology, which involves microdots with unique reference numbers which link to your house and can be detected using a UV light.
“Most shed breaks are carried out by opportunist thieves, therefore please ensure that you lock and secure your shed and garage. In the meantime, I would urge residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to police on 101 or call 999 if you believe a crime is in progress.”
For further crime prevention advice, and for more information about local security marking events, visit www.norfolk.police.uk.