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How secure are your shed and garage

Alert message sent 10/12/2020 11:35:00

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How secure are your shed and garage
In the past couple of weeks police have received multiple reports of detached garages and sheds been broken into, with offenders cropping padlocks and even bending up the lower corners of “Up & Over” style garage doors in order to gain access.
To date the targeted garages have mainly been in Easthampstead and Great Hollands areas, with multiple garages in a block been attacked in a single offence.
These are two older estates where garages stand in blocks separated from the houses, so often there is little view of them from nearby houses, passing traffic or pedestrians, which enable offenders to operate unseen.  And several other estate areas across the borough have the same separation of garages from residential properties.
Reported stolen property has chiefly been bicycles, but a motorbike and garden landscaping tools have also been reported stolen.
If you use a detached garage in a block to store bikes or other items of value, it is well worth spending money on securing the garage.
As a rule a standard garage door lock is nowhere near strong enough to provide adequate security – they may be fine where the garage is an integral part of a house because attacking them is noisy so would attract an occupants attention, but for detached garages where offenders can operate unseen and unheard the doors need to be fitted with robust additional locks.
Lightweight padlocks and hasps again don’t provide adequate security, as they can easily be cut off or snapped.
Hasps need to heavy duty, bolted through the door and frame rather than screwed in place, and padlocks should be of a close couple design so they can’t be cropped.
Better still there are purpose made mortice type locks that once fitted to either lower corner of an up & over door not only hold the door securely closed but prevent offenders from bending the corners up.
In addition to securing the garage door it is worth using bike locks and anchor points within the garage to additionally secure your property.
For further crime reduction advice you can visit the Thames Valley Police website;
Neighbours looking out for each other, and been prepared to report suspicious activity also helps deter offenders and reduce crime. If you want to find out if there is already a Neighbourhood watch Scheme n your area, or you’d like to find out more, check out their site;
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Jon Morris (Police, Administrator, Bracknell)

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