Active8-May2019

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Don’t make

theft so easy

Police Insp Colette

Fitzgibbons of the

Sheffield South West

Neighbourhood

Police Team

offers a timely

warning which could

prevent your

property being

targeted by thieves

ACTIVE

8

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HEN I met with the editor to discuss what to cover in my

articles for Active8, I was asked not to give boring crime

prevention advice, so this will not be a regular thing.

However, as a keen gardener and with the warmer weather

hopefully on the way, I thought it was timely to offer some advice on

garden security.

Many people take a great deal of trouble securing their house and

the property within it. At the same time leaving valuable property in a

shed which is either unlocked or so old and run down as to prove no

obstacle whatsoever to the thief.

Ensure that your shed is in a good condition to stand up to a

security test. If not, then take steps to improve it or don’t leave

valuable items, such as a lawn-mower, inside.

Once the fabric of the building is sound, you can then improve

physical security. ‘Sold Secure’ products provide a list of approved

and tested security products administered by the Master Locksmiths

Association - www.soldsecure.com

Fit a good lock on the shed door. A little expense can be money well

spent and may help with insurance claims later if the worst does

happen. The fittings should be bolted through the door of the shed

and reinforced with either a steel plate or large washers. The hasp

and staple should have concealed screws & bolts when locked.

The padlock itself should be not less than 2.5in wide and made of

hardened steel. The lock should have no fewer than five pins. A

closed shackle type will reduce the risk of the lock being forced. Any

locksmith or good DIY shop will advise you on the strongest

available. Alternatively, you can look on line at Sold Secure. If you

already have a small padlock, change it now – it could save you time

and money in the future.

Fit any windows with a grille fixed to steel plates inside the shed.

Remember, it is no good securing the door if the windows are an easy

target.

At the very least, consider fitting reinforced glass or impact value

acrylic, and a good lock if the window opens.

Fitting a simple, low cost, battery-operated shed alarm, or personal

alarm, to the door of your shed or garage will warn off any

attempted intrusion to your property and will stop the thief in his

tracks.

Much of this advice should also be applied to a garage if you have

one.

Contact us via email at SheffieldSouthWestNHP@southyorks.pnn.

police.uk if you need any further advice.



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