FOR INFORMATION ONLY.
This is a message sent via Thames Valley Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police 18/02/2016
Message sent by
Marion Davis (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Administrator, Chiltern and South Bucks)
Residents in the Denham and Gerrards Cross area of Buckinghamshire are being urged to check their shed and garage security following a number of incidents over recent weeks.
Since the beginning of this year (1/1), a total of six incidents have been reported. Five of these occurred in Gerrards Cross and one in Denham.
Thames Valley Police is offering the following crime prevention advice:
- Garages and sheds are often full of expensive tools to steal or use to break into the house. Do not leave a garage or garden shed unlocked, especially if it has a connecting door to the house.
- Fit strong padlocks and hardware to shed and garage doors.
- Make sure that the doors are solid enough not to be kicked in.
- Fit locks or bars to windows.
- Lock ladders inside your garage or shed.
- Consider lockable steel boxes or anchor posts fitted to the floor to secure tools and equipment.
- Garden tools and machinery should be permanently marked with your postcode.
- Install a battery or mains-powered shed alarm, available from all good DIY stores at a reasonable price.
- For extra security, replace the screws in external hinges of your shed or garage side-door with ‘clutch-head’ screws (also known as ‘anti-tamper’ or ‘coffin’ screws).
- Secure your wheelie bin to stop an intruder using it to climb on.