Police issue warnings over shed burglaries
Published: 16 Apr 2014 17:300 comments
Around 25% of break-ins occur during the spring or summer months, the police said, when opportunistic criminals are rife.
Some burglars may try and enter a front door while residents are in the back garden - or can gain entry via small or insecure windows.
When sitting in your garden, ensure all front windows and doors are locked, as it takes only seconds for someone to gain entry to your house and steal items - without you noticing.
Police reminded all residents to leave no window open - no matter how small - and ensure they check all doors and windows before leaving the house.
Criminals prowling around houses while people were asleep was a risk, police outlined, and suggested that if people want to sleep with their windows open they should fit 'restrictors’, limiting how much a window can be opened by.
Never leave any valuable items on display, and ensure all tools, barbecue and gardening equipment is safely stored and out of sight - as thieves may use tools to break into sheds and garages, as well as stealing them.
Never leave any keys within 'fishing’ distance of letterboxes, as these can be used to gain entry to the property, or steal cars left outside.
Criminals can even use instruments pushed through catflaps to hook keys and other valuables.
The police also stressed to double lock all handle-operated UPVC doors with a key.
The police outlined preventative measures residents can take, such as fitting security lighting, visible burglar alarms, and even gravel, shingle and spiky plants can deter would-be thieves.