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Shed and garage security reminder

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Police say there's been an increase in thefts from garages and sheds
Camera courtesy of Fujifilm
Police have issued another reminder to local residents to ensure sheds and outbuildings are properly secured. It follows a number of local burglaries.

Officers say there has been a rise in such incidents in the Hatfield and Potters Bar area since mid August.

Crime Prevention Officer, Linda Stevens, says thieves are on the look out for gardening and sporting equipment, bicycles and power tools.

Thefts have been reported from both sheds and garages recently.

Two incidents in Hawkshead Road saw thieves make off with more than 500 worth of fishing equipment from one garage and expensive power tools from another. Both garages had been locked.

Police say adequate locks are needed, but that local residents might also want to consider extending their house intruder alarm system to their garages or sheds with a wire-free link.

They have suggested the following security measures be considered to help safeguard property left in outbuildings.

  • Make sure you have a strong garden gate and always keep it locked so as to keep people out of the garden.
  • Lock away your gardening tools; if they are left insecure they could be stolen or used to gain entry to your house.
  • Keep ladders locked away.
  • Fit good quality locks.
  • Consider fitting an alarm to the out building or shed.
  • Do not store valuable items, such as golf clubs or fishing gear, in a garden shed unless it has additional security.
  • Make your property identifiable by marking it with your postcode followed by the house number (or the first two letters of the house name).
  • Keep garden fences in good repair and consider having trellising on the top.
  • Roses, a thorny hedge and spiky plants can act as green-leafed deterrents to stop would-be intruders climbing walls or fences.
  • Keep hedges, trees and shrubs in your front garden to a height of no more than one metre so as to prevent burglars having a screen to work behind.
You can discuss this issue, and vote on it, in this site's forum.

19 September 2003

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