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Thames Valley Police is issuing Crime Prevention Advice

Alert message sent 31/07/2020 17:34:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is issuing advice to residents following multiple thefts from sheds in the Cowley area.

A further three burglaries have been reported in Cowley, two were attempted burglaries in Oliver Road. In one incident a garage door was forced open but nothing was stolen. The second incident was a shed in Oliver Road, the offender/s removed the screws and hinges from the door to gain entry to the shed .Nothing was stolen.

The third incident occurred in Wilkins Road, Temple Cowley between the (29/7) and (31/7). The offender/s removed the screws and hinges from the door to gain entry to the shed. Once inside screws were removed from a work bench in order to free the bicycle.

Sergeant Neil Bouse said: “it appears that the offenders have been able to move from garden to garden to commit the burglaries”

“Do you or your Neighbours have items near to the boundary fence that could assist offenders climbing over? 
“Has your gate been hung with the struts facing the road enabling offenders to get a foot hold, you could consider painting with Anti-Climb paint”
“The walk way in the middle of the terraced houses maybe assisting the offenders, by being out of public view when entering your garden. Could your walk-way be secured to prevent access?

“If you have been the victim of such crime and have not yet reported the incident, please call 101 or report online at
We are urging anyone living in the area to check their CCTV or dash-camera footage and get in touch with us if they have recordings of suspicious behaviour or of the potential offenders.

Opportunist thieves identify sheds and garages 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

Please check your shed security and consider the advice below:
*Install a shed alarm
*Fit a closed shackle padlock to the door
Fittings should be bolted through the door and any screws concealed
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
*Ensure all equipment and tools are locked away when not in use
*Post-code or mark all property such as lawnmowers, bikes, and tools using paint or forensic marking such as Selecta DNA, Smartwater.
*Install security lighting as a deterrent, and plants such as thorny shrubs to act as a
barrier at potential access points
*Chain large items such as bicycles together, making it much more difficult for a
thief to carry away
*Fit a wire cage inside the shed where more expensive items can be locked away
No thief wants to hang about longer than they have to so delay the time it will take
them to get their hands on your tools.

For Crime Prevention advice please visit our website -
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Michelle Beahan (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Oxford LPA)

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