A DROITWICH gardener is supporting a West Mercia Police campaign to help reduce garden crime as the weather ‘hots’ up. Malley Terry, who annually opens her Droitwich garden to the public, welcomed South Worcestershire’s crime reduction manager, Mike Stephenson, and Sgt Dave Knight to her beautiful display in Alexander Avenue as they begin to raise awareness of steps people can take to protect their gardens, sheds and allotments.
Mike Stephenson said: “Although many people take steps to protect their homes and the property inside them, valuable equipment is often left in unsecured sheds, providing easy pickings for opportunist thieves.
“Expensive items such as power tools, mowers, garden tools, bicycles and golf clubs should not be stored in sheds. If possible, store them in your house or garage.
“Easy, simple, steps can be taken by everyone to help reduce garden crime and keep their belongings safe throughout the year.
“People love beautiful gardens, people flock to Mrs Terry’s garden every year, but thieves love insecure gardens and we need to work together to keep garden crime low and our gardens places we can relax safely throughout the summer.”
Around 1500 shed burglaries take place every year within West Mercia. In addition, garden equipment that has not been secured properly or has been left out could be used to break into a house.
More information on garden and shed security can be found on the force website at www.westmercia.police.uk
(Reproduced from Droitwich Spa Advertiser 21st April)
Gardien Tip: See our article re Shed Security at http://www.garden-security.co.uk/shed-security-print.htm