|Theft from Allotment sheds in Oxford |
Thames Valley police have received a couple of reports of sheds being broken into on allotments during the last week.
The offences have occurred at the Twenty Pound Meadow allotments on Botley Road and West Oxford Community Centre Botley Road on Thursday (16/5)
The offender/s forced entry to the sheds but it is not believed that anything was stolen at this satge.
If you witnessed the incident, or have any information that may assist our investigation, please report this online at https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/
Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email - www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Offenders see 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.
* Many sheds whilst being of good construction fall short on basic security.
* 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.
* It is also a good idea to bond any window glass in, with mastic to prevent easy removal.
* Ensure all tools and equipment is locked away when not in use.
* High-quality locks should be used on doors. Windows can be fitted with a grille or, as a cheaper alternative, chicken wire, to slow a thief down.
* A shed alarm can also be installed.
* Post-coding or indelibly marking all property such as lawnmowers, bikes, and tools using ultra-violet pens, forensic marking such as Selecta DNA or Smartwater or engravers.
* Installing security lighting as a deterrent, and plants such as thorny shrubs to act as a barrier at potential access points.
* If building a shed, putting it where it is most visible to you and neighbours.
Find out how you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary by downloading your FREE Home Security Guide from the Thames Valley Police website here: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/police-forces/thames-valley-police/areas/advice/home-security-guide/