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New Mills and Hayfield residents reminded to secure their sheds

Posted on 19th December 2016

People living in New Mills and Hayfield are being reminded to check the security of their sheds this winter.

Safer Neighbourhood officers are encouraging residents to checks that their sheds, garages and other outbuildings are properly secure to deter thieves.

PCSO Lee Baker from the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “As winter starts to take hold, gardening takes a back seat and we tend not to check sheds and garages as often as we do in the summer.

“Now is a good time to check that these outbuildings are properly secure to prevent thieves from gaining entry and stealing tools, bikes, or other valuables stored inside.

“It is worth investing in a good quality lock to secure your shed, garage or outbuilding and make sure that it is appropriate to the strength of the door and frame.

“Make sure that no tools are left in your garden that could make the life of a thief any easier. For example, a ladder left out in your garden could be used to get into the upper floor of your home or onto the top of your shed. Likewise, other tools and gardening equipment left outside could be used to break into your home, shed or garage. Just taking a few minutes to lock these items away will greatly increase your security.

“Finally, please remain vigilant and if you see anything suspicious let us know. This could help to stop a crime from happening in your neighbourhood. The team and I are happy to offer further advice on securing your home, so do get in touch.”

Other simple steps to boosting shed and garden security include:

  • Consider purchasing a shed alarm to help to deter a thief and secure any bikes with a quality chain even if they are inside the shed or garage;
  • Ensure that valuables are kept out of view from passers-by and consider covering your windows from the inside to prevent thieves from taking a look;
  • Mark all valuables with a property marking system such as SmartWater as this makes your belongings much less attractive to thieves as they realise that the goods can easily be identified as stolen and traced back to the original owner. Also, think about photographing them should they be taken;
  • Consider using outdoor security lighting.

For more advice or to speak to the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team call 101 or send them a message here

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