AS the weather gets warmer and people start to work in their garden sheds, Dyfed-Powys Police expects to see an increase in the number of reported thefts from gardens and sheds across the force.
The advice comes following a latest report of an attempted shed burglary on Tanygraif Road, Bynea. The incident happened between 11.30pm on May 30 and 10am on May 31. The man was white, in his forties and was wearing a red beany hat, black coat, khaki or grey coloured trousers.
Help police prevent further attempts by following some simple steps to become more security conscious.
Sergeant Gemma Davies said: “This is a great concern to the police because it is clear that shed thefts can be prevented if a reasonable level of security is put in place. We are encouraging people to install good quality locks to all garden sheds and also to property mark their equipment using UV marker pens, paint or engraving.”
To improve security and to reduce the chance of become a victim of crime, please consider the following:
- Record all model and serial numbers of the equipment ie lawn mowers, bicycles and tools on immobilise.com
- Install security lighting in the garden
- Ensure fences/gates are kept in good condition
- Ensure good quality locks are fitted to the shed and are securely locked. Windows to be fitted with locks
- Property mark all the tools and equipment
- To avoid thieves hiding behind hedges/shrubs – keep them cut back
- Have prickly hedges around the perimeter to make accessibility to the garden difficult
- Consider installing an alarm to the shed
- Consider having gravel paths and drives – this discourages thieves from the garden – as gravel makes a noise
- Ladders to be locked to a post or wall as they could be used for easy access to the home.
“Theft of bikes, mowers, tools and garden equipment from sheds is one of the most common crimes in the Dyfed Powys Police area.
“Householders are urged to improve security by taking some simple measures to help keep crime down. Summer is coming, and no doubt garden sheds will become targets for criminals,” added Sergeant Davies.
Anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to PC Thomas by calling 101. If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908, quoting Ref: DPP/0014/31/05/2018/01/C.