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Theft from garage in Dunt Lane

Alert message sent 11/06/2018 09:41:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

At some point over the last week offenders gained entry to a garage on Dunt Lane. Gardening equipment has been taken from the address. We have seen an increase in the theft of tools and gardening equipment across Wokingham.

Sheds - Easy pickings?

Offenders see sheds 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.

Many sheds whilst being of good construction fall short on basic security.It is easy to unscrew the ironmongery, steal contents and in some cases replace the screws to make it look as if the shed has not been tampered with.

Security Advice:

  • 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.
  • Installing security lighting as a deterrent, and plants such as thorny shrubs to act as a barrier at potential access points.
  • If building a shed, putting it where it is most visible to you and neighbours.
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Rhys Crowley (Police, Admin Assistant, Loddon Valley)

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