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Dear Resident

Many people don’t secure their shed or garage in the same way they do their homes - often using an easy-to-break lock or padlock to protect valuable contents such as a car, bike or lawnmower. πŸ› οΈ πŸš— 🚲

An opportunistic burglar will try a shed or garage first because they can find the tools they need to break into the main house.🏑

Tips to keeping your property safe:

1️⃣ Think like a thief - Take a look at your shed and consider how you would break in, check doors, windows and hinges.

2️⃣ Alarm it! - Consider a battery-operated shed alarm πŸ””

3️⃣ Lock it - Don’t give them the opportunity or the tools to commit a crime. Lock everything away securely. Tools can be locked inside a locker or box or secured with a chain.🧰

4️⃣ Hide it - It’s always worth draping an old sheet or blanket over the top of mowers or bikes to keep them covered from view. πŸ‘€

5️⃣ Mark it - Property marking your items is advisable and some tools can be painted with your name or postcode. Forensic marking is also an option. ✏️

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Jo Howland
(Police, Neighbourhood Administrator, Aylesbury Vale)

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