Residents warned over shed break-ins

RESIDENTS of a Doncaster village are being urged to secure garden property with simple cost effective measures after a spate of shed break-ins.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 17th September 2007, 2:23 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th September 2007, 3:16 pm

In the past two weeks thieves have broken into 29 sheds across north Nottinghamshire, typically stealing power tools, ladders and strimmers.

Thieves forced a shed door in a garden at Harewood Court, Harworth, and stole fishing tackle, rods, and a Giant mountain bike.

Burglars in nearby Strathmore Court, Harworth, forced a shed door and wire mesh in a garden and stole a blue mountain bike.

Now Nottinghamshire Police are urging homeowners to secure all property and tools.

Chief Inspector Glenn Harper said: “Police are aware there have been a number of shed breaks in recent weeks, most of which have taken place overnight. Shed breaks are a preventable crime which can be tackled using common sense.

“Residents can reduce their chance of becoming a victim by locking away garden tools, ensuring ladders are locked up and fixing chains and padlocks to sheds.”

Police advise residents to fit a shed alarm, make sure security lighting covers your shed, secure windows internally with steel mesh or bars, put up net curtains to obscure the windows, strengthen the door using a closed shackle padlock, and fit coach bolts to external door hinges.