With the colder weather setting in and shorter days people are less likely to be in their garden leaving places like sheds and garages more vulnerable to thieves.
Local policing commander for Diss, Insp Mike Britton, said: “At this time of year sheds and garages are targeted due to the fact they are not used as much.
“I would advise local residents to make sure they keep sheds and garages locked and secure and to also check them regularly.”
Other crime prevention tips include:
Ideally store high value items inside the home
Use a padlock and chain to secure items such a lawn mowers to a heavy anchor
Cycle locks can be used to secure cycles and other heavy items togetherMark your property with your house number and post code – remember that permanently marked property is less attractive as it would be difficult for a thief to sell.
Fit quality mortice locks or padlocks 1/3 up and a 1/3 down on the door to reduce the leverage available
Fit a security light to deter the thief and alert you to activity near your shed
Use a shield alarm which sounds if the shed door is forced open.
For more crime prevention advice visit www.norfolk.police.uk or speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101
(Reproduced from Eastern Daily Press 2nd Dec)
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