Garden sheds, outbuildings and garages packed with tools, machinery and other valuable equipment offer easy pickings to thieves.
Take the right precautions reduce the risk of having your property stolen, and getting it traced and returned to you if it's taken:
- Always put tools and equipment away - items left outside could be stolen or used to help a thief break in
- Disable lawn mowers and other large machinery when not in use and chain items together to a solid anchor point
- Record details of your property (make, model, serial number and identifying marks) on the form overleaf and take photographs of items for easy identification
- Use close shackle padlocks to secure sheds and install shed alarms and security lights
- Register your valuables on the National Property Database www.immobilise.com
- Security-mark your property using a UV pen or a forensic marking solution
- Keep hedges and fences well maintained to stop unwanted visitors entering your garden
- Close your garden gate and lock it from the inside
- Use lockable hanging baskets or secure the baskets to their brackets
- Avoid leaving house doors and windows open or unlocked when working in the garden.
Neighbourhood Watch and Allotment Watch
Neighbourhood Watch and Allotment Watch schemes are groups of volunteers who work with the police and the local council in the battle against crime. They distribute advice on security and safety in a specific area and make sure elderly or vulnerable people aren't targets for criminals.
Join your nearest Neighbourhood Watch scheme.