Shed and Garage Security

Losing property from your shed or garage can be costly and inconvenient, but tools from the shed can also be used to break into your house, therefore good security is essential.

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Please take a few moments to consider the security of your shed using the following points, or download this Shed and Garage Security leaflet :

  • Make sure that the shed/garage is in good condition.  If the building is in poor condition, even the best locks won’t protect what is inside.
  • Make sure that the screws are concealed on fittings and hinges.
  • Fit mesh or bars inside the windows or board them up if you don’t use them.
  • Padlocks should be at least 6cm/2.5inches wide, hardened steel and closed shackle.
  • Lock the doors – even when you are at home.
  • Lock large items together with a good quality lock (www.soldsecure.com) or attach to them a shed shackle or ground anchor (www.securedbydesign.com)
  • Get a battery powered alarm or upgrade the house alarm to include outbuildings.
  • If you have a garage with a side access as well as an up and over door, consider fitting padlocks to the runners of the up and over door to prevent it from being opened.
  • Consider extra security for the garage (www.securedbydesign.com)

Further Security Tips:

When thinking about security, the Met Police and other Police Forces have put together a number of helpful YouTube videos.  One in particular by the Met Police is specifically about shed security.

Lockit_CheckitSuffolk Police have an ongoing home security campaign ‘Close it – Lock it – Check it’.  By following their simple precautions, you can reduce the chance of becoming a victim of burglary. If you would like to speak to someone about home security contact your Local Crime Reduction Officer on 101.

There are a number of ways to report incidents:

  • by using the Suffolk Police ‘report a crime’ webpage
  • by calling the Police 101 non emergency line
  • by reporting issues to Crimestoppers via their website
  • by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on:

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Do not use the Police Non Emergency line in an emergency, or in a situation that requires an immediate police response

FOR THAT ALWAYS RING 999.

National Allotments Week 8-14 August

The National Allotment Society theme for National Allotments Week 2016 is “Growing Together” which draws attention to the inclusive nature of allotment gardening, appealing to all sections of society from the unemployed to the professional, all races and religions and all levels of ability.  You can find out more from the National Allotment Society on their website.

Allotment Week

From a Community Safety perspective allotment holders should also consider the security of their sheds and outbuildings.  If stolen, equipment and materials being stored there, could be used in domestic and business burglaries.  We have some additional information about Shed and Garage security here.

Suffolk Police also have a Shed and Garage Security leaflet which also highlights these issues.

Additional Security Information

The Metropolitan Police and other Police Forces, have put together a number of helpful film clips on YouTube.  One in particular by the Met Police is specifically about shed security.

You may also want to check out a previous article published during Neighbourhood and Home Watch Week which contains further clips from YouTube which demonstrate a range of preventative measures and actions you could take to help to protect your home and outbuildings.

For existing allotment holders in Suffolk, did you know that you can join ‘Allotment Watch’? Details on the Suffolk Police website.

Suffolk Police also have an ongoing home security campaign ‘Close it – Lock it – Check it’ and by following their simple precautions, you could also reduce the chance of becoming a victim of burglary.

 

 

 

 

Burglary Prevention

Most burglaries are committed by opportunist criminals and in many cases the burglary could have been prevented.

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Suffolk Police’s ‘Close it-Check it-Lock it’ campaign highlights a few simple precautions you can take to reduce the chance of you becoming a victim of burglary.  There have also been a number of shed and garage burglaries. Here is a link to our previous advice about securing these and the property within.

Also check out these ‘YouTube’ for clips about how to secure your house, deter potential burglars and other security measures:

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Top ten tips to keep your house secure and deter potential burglars
Further Home security tips
Don’t leave valuables in an unlocked shed, nor ladders or tools that could help a burglar
Lock windows and doors Security

For more crime reduction information contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team or call them or Suffolk Police on 101.

Suffolk Trading Standards, working with Suffolk Police, also have an ongoing campaign entitled “Knock Knock” to tackle bogus callers and distraction burglaries. The victims of these crimes are mainly the elderly and vulnerable.  However if you have any immediate concerns or doubts about a caller at the door, then call the Police on 999.

Shed and Garage Security

Suffolk Police have reported that since 1 June, there have been 50 shed and garage burglaries across Ipswich. An estimated £28,000 worth of property has been stolen, including £5,500 worth of fishing equipment and nearly £6,000 worth of garden tools. Bicycles and power tools were also taken. Of those 50 sheds & garages, 10 were believed to have been insecure. Losing property from your shed or garage is inconvenient and can be costly but tools from the shed can also be used to break into your house, therefore good security is essential.

Please take a few moments to check the security of your shed using the following points:

  • Make sure that the shed/garage is in good condition.  If the building is in poor condition, even the best locks won’t protect what is inside.
  • Make sure that the screws are concealed on fittings and hinges.
  • Fit mesh or bars inside the windows or board them up if you don’t use them.
  • Padlocks should be at least 6cm/2.5inches wide, hardened steel and closed shackle.
  • Lock the doors – even when you are at home.
  • Lock large items together with a good quality lock (www.soldsecure.com) or attach to them a shed shackle or ground anchor (www.securedbydesign.com)
  • Get a battery powered alarm or upgrade the house alarm to include outbuildings.
  • If you have a garage with a side access as well as an up and over door, consider fitting padlocks to the runners of the up and over door to prevent it from being opened.
  • Consider extra security for the garage (www.securedbydesign.com)
  • If you see or hear anything suspicious, call police on 101.  In an emergency always call 999.

Please contact Lucy Mures, Ipswich Crime Reduction Officer on 101 if you require any further information.

Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident. http://www.suffolk.police.uk/safetyadvice/reportacrime/tellthepolice.aspx

Additional information can be found on our previous ‘National Shed Week’ Blog.

DO NOT USE THE INCIDENT LINK ABOVE IN AN EMERGENCY, OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE,  RING 999.

National Shed Week

National Shed Week starts on 1st of July.  This is the week when shed enthusiasts are encouraged to think about all things ‘Shed’.  To think about security, the type of equipment and materials being stored, and get an insight into just how far some people will go to make their shed unique.

Security:

Suffolk Police have an ongoing home security campaign ‘Close it – Lock it – Check it’.  By following their simple precautions, you can reduce the chance of becoming a victim of burglary.

To also help, when thinking about security, the Met Police and other Police Forces, have put together a number of helpful YouTube videos.  One in particular by the Met Police is specifically about shed security.

You may also want to check out another article I published during Neighbourhood and Home Watch Week which contains further clips from YouTube which demonstrate a range of preventative measures and actions you could take to help to protect your home and outbuildings.

Raising Awareness:

Locally the Ipswich South East Network Group Neighbourhood Watch are running their own National Shed Week campaign on Twitter:

National Shed Week 1-6 July 2013 – How secure is yours? #Niceshedshameaboutthecontents

You can also ‘Follow’ our Safer Suffolk Communities messages on Twitter at:
SaferSuffolk  @SaferSuffolk ‏ 

There have also been a number of Shed/Garage break-ins in Ipswich recently which I have been alerted to through Police Direct.  Only last Friday and Saturday there were two incidents where valuable goods were taken from sheds/garages in Cedarcroft Road and Ravensfield Drive.  Instructions on how you can join Police Direct can be found on the Suffolk Police website.

National Shed of the Year Award:

National Shed Week

This is an annual event sponsored by Cuprinol, which is now in its 7th year, and continues to go from strength to strength.

Check out the fantastic finalists for this year.