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Burglary non-dwellings in Great Milton

Alert message sent 04/04/2017 11:01:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Following a spate of burglary non dwellings in your area please read the following advice from the Thame Neighbourhood Policing Team.
 
Don’t give thieves shed loads of opportunities!
Opportunist thieves identify 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 people fall short on basic security of their sheds.
 
Please make sure you:
  • Keep your shed in good condition.
  • Fit a closed shackle padlock to the door.
  • Fittings should be bolted through the door and any screws concealed.
  • It is easy to unscrew the ironmongery, steal contents and in some cases replace the screws to make it look as if the shed has not been tampered with.
  • By using tamper proof screws or coach bolts, together with a good quality pad bar or hasp and staple and close shackled padlock, the shed owner will make it harder for the would-be thief.
  • Bond any window glass in with mastic to prevent easy removal. Fit grilles or mesh to windows to slow down the thief.
  • Ensure all equipment and tools are locked away when not in use.
  • Install a shed alarm.
  • Post-code or mark all property such as lawnmowers, bikes, and tools using ultraviolet pens, forensic marking such as Selecta DNA, Smartwater or engravers.
  • Install security lighting as a deterrent, and plants such as thorny shrubs to act as a barrier at potential access points.
  • If building a shed, put it where it is most visible to you and neighbours.
  • Ensure ladders are locked to a secure fixture in the shed or garage so they can’t be used to reach top floor windows.
  • Chain large items such as bicycles together, making it much more difficult for a thief to carry away.
  • Fit a wire cage inside the shed where more expensive items can be locked away.
  • No thief wants to hang about longer than they have to so delay the time it will take them to get their hands on your tools
​​Garages
Many of the above points also relate to garages, please keep them in good order, use decent locks and alarms.
 
If you have seen any suspicious looking people or vehicles in the area or have any information relating to this message please call the Police via the 24 hour non-emergency telephone number 101. 
 
Alternatively, if you have information but wish to remain anonymous, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
Message sent by
(3155) Julia Williams (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Admin, South Oxon and Vale)

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