As the weather warms up, Broxtowe Borough Council is urging residents to protect their valuable garden equipment this summer by following some simple garden crime prevention tips.
Power tools, lawn mowers, garden tools and bikes are just some of the expensive equipment left in gardens or stored in unsecured sheds. If stolen some of these items could be used by the intruder to break into your house.
Effective garden security includes everything from boundary fences, gates, outbuildings and the valuables stored inside them.
Protect your valuables by following these tips:
Fit well positioned external lighting
Strong gates, fences and walls kept in good repair can deter intruders from accessing your property, keep gates locked at all times
Compliment security measures, such as lighting, locks and alarms by planting prickly plants to deter burglars. If doing so it is best to plant these around vulnerable areas such as: windows, fences boundary walls and drainpipes
Keep your shed in good condition
Fit a closed shackle padlock to the door – fittings should be bolted through the door and any screws concealed
Fit grilles or mesh to the windows
Fit a shed alarm
Chain large items such as bicycles together – it is more difficult for a thief to carry away a lot of large heavy items all at once
Lock ladders to a secure fixture in the shed or garage so they cannot be used to reach windows in your home
Mark your garden tools and equipment with your postcode and house name or number
Don’t leave ladders and tools lying around in your garden – these could be used to break into your home
To protect your property and belongings such as mobile phones, laptops, iPods/MP3 players you may want to consider registering the items with the UKs National Property Register, IMMOBILISE by registering on-line for free at www.immobilise.com
In an emergency or to report a crime in progress contact the police on 999.
To report information and suspicious activity contact the non-emergency Nottinghamshire Police number 101
To report crime anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
Source: Broxtowe Borough Council Press Release.