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Burglaries to sheds in the South Reading Neighbourhood

Alert message sent 18/04/2019 10:01:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

There have been a number of thefts or attempted thefts from sheds and gardens across the Whitley Neighbourhood over the past few days most of these offences are happening overnight or late in the evening, entry is being gained by forcing locks, doors or removing them.  The latest offences happened in Swainstone Road and Chagford Road.
We would like to ask everyone to please report any suspicious incidents, sightings or CCTV, Dashcam or Ringcam footage to the Police Enquiry Centre on 101.
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Why Sheds?
Opportunist thieves identify sheds as easy pickings because they are unprotected and lack basic security measures.
The buildings often contain property that can be sold on or implements that can be used to force entry into the owner’s home.

What can you do?
Many people fall short on basic security of their sheds.
Please make sure you:
• Keep your shed in good condition
• Fit a closed shackle padlock to the door for further crime prevention advice visit
• Fittings should be bolted through the door and any screws concealed
• It is easy to unscrew the ironmongery, steal contents and in some cases replace the screws to make it look as if the shed has not been tampered with
• By using tamper proof screws or coach bolts, together with a good quality pad bar or hasp and staple and close shackled padlock, the shed owner will make it harder for the would-be thief.
• Bond any window glass in with mastic to prevent easy removal. Fit grilles or mesh to windows to slow down the thief.
• Ensure all equipment and tools are locked away when not in use
• Install a shed alarm
• Post-code or mark all property such as lawnmowers, bikes, and tools using ultraviolet pens, register your property at , forensic marking such as Select a DNA, Smartwater or engravers.
• Install security lighting as a deterrent, and plants such as thorny shrubs to act as a barrier at potential access points
• If building a shed, put it where it is most visible to you and neighbours
• Ensure ladders are locked to a secure fixture in the shed or garage so they can’t be used to reach top floor windows
• Chain large items such as bicycles together, making it much more difficult for a thief to carry away.

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Liz Herbert (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Reading LPA)

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