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Allotment shed breaks

Alert message sent 03/06/2019 14:13:00

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Allotment shed breaks.

This time of year is when we often see a spike in persons breaking into sheds, especially those on allotments, most likely due to the warmer weather. Often we forget to consider the security of outbuildings especially if they are not on our property but the minimal security and abundance of choice mean that for would-be thieves an allotment can provide rich pickings.

Consider the following:
  • 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.
Further advice:
I have attached a link to Thames Valley Police’s website with more advice on how to keep your shed or allotment secure. The website also includes a wealth of other crime prevention advice which may be helpful to you, so have a little look around!

Non-residential Burglary Advice
Message sent by
Michelle Michel (Police, PCSO, Milton Keynes)

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