Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Community Message

This is a Community Message from Aylesbury Watch Office on Wednesday 19 May 2010.

Thames Valley Police in Aylesbury Vale are reminding residents to secure their sheds and garages in a bid to deter would-be thieves who traditionally tend to target sheds and outbuildings at this time of year.

The aim is to stop offenders who see sheds as easy pickings because they are unprotected and lack basic security measures. The buildings often contain property that can be sold on or implements that can be used to force entry into the owner's home.

Many sheds fall short on basic security. It is easy to unscrew the ironmongery and steal the contents. By using tamper proof screws or coach bolts, together with a good quality pad bar or hasp and staple and close shackled padlock, it will be harder for a would-be thief. It is also a good idea to bond any window glass in with mastic to prevent easy removal.

The following information should help protect you and your property;

• Ensure all tools and equipment are locked away when not in use. High-quality locks should be used on gates and doors. A shed alarm can also be installed.

• Postcode all property using ultra-violet pens, paint, forensic marking or engravers.

• Install security lighting as a deterrent, and thorny shrubs to act as a barrier at potential access points.

For further information about crime prevention, call the Crime Reduction Department at Aylesbury police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505 or visit our website and click on the 'crime prevention' tab.