Thames Valley Police are advising residents in the Denham and Gerrards Cross areas of Buckinghamshire to check their shed and garage security following a number of incidents over recent weeks.
Since the beginning of 2016 a total of six incidents have been reported. Five of these occurred in Gerrards Cross and one in Denham.
Thames Valley Police is offering the following crime prevention advice:
- 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 shed and garage doors.
- Make sure that the doors are solid enough not to be kicked in.
- Fit locks or bars to windows.
- Lock ladders inside your garage or shed.
- Consider lockable steel boxes or anchor posts fitted to the floor to secure tools and equipment.
- Garden tools and machinery should be permanently marked with your postcode.
- Install a battery or mains-powered shed alarm, available from all good DIY stores at a reasonable price.
- For extra security, replace the screws in external hinges of your shed or garage side-door with ‘clutch-head’ screws (also known as ‘anti-tamper’ or ‘coffin’ screws).
- Secure your wheelie bin to stop an intruder using it to climb on.