Secure your valuables, urges local police

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Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
Local police are urging residents to be mindful of crime prevention measures for the outside of their homes, as well as ensuring everything is secure inside. CPO Lisa Sherman explained, “Many people focus on making their home secure and forget about the valuable property they store outside of their home. “The majority of householders have sheds which are used to store items which can be quite high in value. We want to help you make sure your garden is safe and your shed is secure. Highlighting some simple prevention methods, she continued, “Try and protect vulnerable areas such as windows, fences, boundary walls and drainpipes and use well positioned external lighting to make your garden less inviting for thieves. “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. Fit meshes or grilles to the windows and invest in an alarm. “Make sure that large items such as bicycles are chained together as it is much more difficult for a thief to carry away a lot of large items. Ladders should be locked to a secure fixture in the shed or garage so they cannot be used to access upstairs windows. “If you have valuable items, visibly mark them, take photographs and make a note of serial numbers. If you would like further crime prevention advice I can be contacted on the 101 number,” Lisa added.
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