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Garden Security

Alert message sent 28/08/2020 19:05:00

Information sent on behalf of South Yorkshire Police

Many people invest a lot of time and money in their gardens. Plants, shrubs, water features, solar lighting and garden furniture can be very expensive and are all attractive to a thief.

Extra attention should be given to passageways located at the side or rear of your home. Strong lockable high gates will deter thieves attempting to gain access to your rear garden.

Fencing and walls can be given extra protection by fixing trellis on the top. This will collapse if someone tries to climb over it and the noise this causes could be enough to alert you or your neighbours and so deter a thief.

If you are planning to build a path in your garden or around your property consider using gravel. The noise made when this is walked on can alert householders to any approach.

Plants and trees can be very attractive to a thief and difficult to secure. If you are buying expensive plants or trees and intend planting them into plant pots then buy the heaviest you can. Expensive plants should be planted where they can be seen from the house or neighbouring properties.

Never leave spare keys hidden in your garden, garage or shed for children or family members. If hidden keys are found by an intruder and used to burgle your home you may find your home insurance is invalid.

Good lighting is an excellent way to deter intruders, particularly by fitting exterior lights with dusk to dawn sensors. These are light sensitive and activate when it gets dark and turn themselves off when it gets light. Using low wattage bulbs provides a cheap and effective security measure for your garden.
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Alison Cundy (Police, PCSO, Sheffield Central NHP)

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