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Owners urged to protect sheds

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:13 03 July 2010

POLICE are urging shed owners to take steps to secure their property following a recent spate of thefts.



The warning comes after four sheds were broken into on the allotments on Crab Lane, Gorleston.

POLICE are urging shed owners to take steps to secure their property following a recent spate of thefts.

The warning comes after four sheds were broken into on the allotments on Crab Lane, Gorleston.

Thieves stole a Honda petrol strimmer and other gardening equipment, worth around £130.

The thefts happened between 4.30pm on Saturday, September 26 and 8.30pm on Wednesday, September 30.

Members of the Magdalen Safer Neighbourhood Team are urging shed owners to be vigilant and ensure that outbuildings are installed with adequate safety devices.

Police advise shed owners to take the following steps:

·Do not neglect hinges and use security screws or bolts through their fixings.

·Fit good quality mortice locks or padlocks 1/3 up and 1/3 down on the door to reduce the leverage.

·Secure the windows with a weld mesh or a crime shield product secured from the inside.

·Fit a security light and shed alarm to deter potential thieves.

·Use padlocks and chains to secure high value items including power tools, lawnmowers and cycles to an anchor.

· Security mark property with your house number and post code.

For further crime prevention advice contact Magdalen Safer Neighbourhood Team on 0845 456 4567 or visit www.safernorfolk.co.uk.

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