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Garden and Shed Burglary Advice

Alert message sent 17/02/2021 14:25:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

As part of a local Crime Prevention initiative, the Neighbourhood Policing Team at Kidlington Police Station would like to offer residents in your area the following advice in order to reduce your risk of becoming a future target of Burglary to your garage, shed or other outbuildings:
•    Garages and sheds are often full of expensive tools to steal or use to break into the house. Do not leave a garage or garden shed unlocked, especially if it has a connecting door to the house.

•    Fit strong padlocks and hardware to garage doors.

•    Make sure that the garage doors are solid enough not to be kicked in.

•    Fit locks or bars to any garage windows.

•    If ladders are kept in your garage, lock them to something secure.

•    Consider lockable steel boxes or anchor posts fitted to the floor to secure tools and equipment.

•    Gardens tools and machinery should be permanently marked with your postcode, using CRE products or similar (

•    Install a battery or mains-powered garage alarm, available from all good DIY stores at a reasonable price.

•    If your garage has a side door, for extra security, replace the screws in the external door hinges with 'clutch-head' screws (also known as 'anti-tamper' or 'coffin' screws).

•    Always lock your bike at home even when it is in your garage: use a good quality lock (look for the Sold Secure logo on approved locks).  You can list the details of your bike free of charge on the Bike Register website ( – this is accessible by the police in order to check suspected stolen property.

•    The following websites are useful information sources for home security products:

SGT 2731 Gavin Staniland, PC 5898 David Scott
PCSO C9804 Alison Drury, PCSO 9377 Ian Wilkins

Kidlington Neighbourhood Policing Team
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David Scott (Police, PC, Cherwell and West)

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