POLICE in Great Yarmouth are urging allotment holders to pay extra attention to shed security following a number of break-ins.
The warning comes after three sheds on allotments at Woodfarm Lane and Western Road in Gorleston were broken into sometime between October 31 and November 1.
The sheds were raided by forcing padlocks and items taken included petrol, oil and tobacco. Nothing was stolen from the shed on the Woodfarm Lane site.
Police are urging shed owners to be vigilant and ensure that outbuildings are installed with adequate safety devices. In addition officers from local Safer Neighbourhood Teams will also be stepping up patrols in the area to provide reassurance.
Crime prevention advice offered by Norfolk Police includes:
Do not neglect the hinges and use security screws or bolts
Fit good quality mortice locks or padlocks 1/3 up and 1/3 down on the door to reduce the leverage
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Secure the windows with a weld mesh or a crime shield product secured from the inside. Remove the window if it is not required.
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
Security mark property with your house number and postcode
Anyone with information about the thefts should contact Norfolk Police on 0845 456 4567.