Police reminder after spate of shed burglaries

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News from Northumbria Police

Police are reminding residents in a Northumberland town that ensuring sheds and outbuildings are secure is just as important as home security.

It follows a number of incidents where sheds have been broken into in Amble, as well as some caravans.

Residents are reminded to take crime-prevention steps to secure their property as part of Operation Soundwave, a forcewide campaign aimed at tackling thieves and burglars and promoting crime prevention advice.

Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Truscott said: “Most burglars are opportunist and they target sheds that are unlocked or where locks are inadequate and we’re advising people to make sure the security measures they have in place for their shed are substantial.

“The advice also goes for other outbuildings where valuables are stored and we’ve also had reports of break-ins to caravans – so it’s important people are not only thinking about the security of their home, but also their other properties.

“We actively target those we suspect of being responsible for burglary and would urge anyone who sees anything suspicious in their area or who has information about those involved to contact police straight away.”

Advice includes:

• Avoid storing valuable items such as power tools and golf clubs in your shed. These items should be stored inside your home or a secure garage.

• Remember to lock your shed, garage or other outbuildings after use.

• Secure shed doors by fitting a strong hasp and staple (also called a ‘padbar’). Secure this with coach bolts and lock the hasp over the staple with a closed shackle padlock.

• Secure shed door hinges with coach bolts or non-returnable screws.

• Approved security products that will improve the security of your shed or garage can be found at www.soldsecure.com or www.securedbydesign.com

• Chain items such as cycles, ladders and lawnmowers to a strong anchor point or to each other and use a closed shackle padlock.