Friday, 17 May 2013

Shed burglaries - Waddesdon Police Area

This is a Neighbourhood Alert from Thames Valley Police, Aylesbury

Police are warning local residents to remain vigilant following a number of burglaries reported to garden sheds in the Waddesdon Police area.

Over the last seven days break-ins have been reported in Ludgershall, Haddenham, Bishopstone and Scotsgrove.  In Haddenham several offences were reported on Franklin Road and Stanbridge Road and in Ludgershall the burglaries occurred on Wootton End.  Property stolen included ladders, a generator, chain saw and fishing tackle.

Please check the security of your own sheds and outbuildings.  Consider using anti-tamper screws on doors and locks and utilizing a shed alarm, which can be purchased at little cost from DIY stores and garden centres.  Lock equipment such as mowers and generators to something solid inside the shed and make sure all your tools are property marked, which can make them difficult for criminals to sell on and so making them less attractive to steal.

Further information and advice about protecting your sheds and outbuildings can be found on the Thames Valley Police website.

Make sure suspicious activity is reported immediately to the police – at the time it is happening.  This will give officers the opportunity of checking people out, to find out what they are up to.  Where possible get a description of them, along with details of any vehicle they may be using, especially the registration number.  Don’t leave it to someone else to make the call – you may be the only witness.
Finally, if you have any information about any of these crimes or you suspect someone may be handling stolen property please call the Waddesdon Neighbourhood Policing Team via the 24 hour Police Enquiry Centre number 101.

If you don’t want to speak to the Police or give your details you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.