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Security reminder for Alvaston residents after series of shed and garage break-ins

Posted on 1st November 2013

Police are urging people living in Alvaston to spruce up their garden shed and garage security after break-ins in the area.

In recent weeks, thieves have targeted outbuildings and garages to steal tools, bicycles and other valuables.

Officers have been increasing patrols to deter would-be burglars and catch offenders in the act.

They are now urging residents to take a look at security at their homes and consider boosting it to protect their property.

Sergeant Simon Hawley, who leads Alvaston Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Thieves will only strike if they think the valuables will be an easy steal and it pays to take extra steps to deter them.

“If you have a break-in, it is distressing and can be very costly financially and in the time it takes to sort everything out.

“By taking just a few of these extra security measures, you can save yourself from that distress and protect yourselves from criminals.”

Crime prevention tips include:

  • Invest in a good quality padlock, ideally with a closed clasp to make it harder to break;
  • Lock gates that allow access to gardens, sheds, garages or other outbuildings;
  • Fit tamper-proof screws to hinges on shed doors and windows;
  • Hide valuables from view and consider blocking shed windows so thieves cannot see inside;
  • Bolt items down to the floor to make it harder for criminals to remove them;
  • Buy a spotlight, shed alarm or property marking kit for valuable items;
  • Remove any valuables from outbuildings or garages where you can;
  • Be vigilant and report any suspicious activity on 101, 999 in an emergency or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

For more information, contact Alvaston Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.

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