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Shed Breaks in your area

Alert message sent 13/07/2021 17:47:00

Information sent on behalf of Lancashire Constabulary


Hi,
Over the last few weeks the police have received an increase in calls reporting shed breaks in your local area. The offenders are taking jet washers and tools. We are currently looking into all CCTV opportunities and are trying to identify who the offenders are.   If you have any information regarding these incidents, please contact via Lancashire Talking or through calling 101 /online. The incidents that have been reported have been occurring late evening. After talking with Victims, it has become apparent that a young male wearing a hoody top has been in the area on a bike in the local area a few days before and if you are aware of this person please let us know, as we are looking at any, or all reports.
Crime Prevention advise.
Shed security is often not considered in the same way as homes.  Poor security can often mean that burglars find it too easy to access sheds. Most common items stolen from sheds or garages are, bikes, lawn mowers, garden and power tools. Fit good strong locks to your shed door, preferably more than one, top and bottom.  
Please avoid leaving expensive tools and electrical equipment in any of your buildings, OR IF YOU INTEND TO, then please make sure these are locked away securely out of view.  Consider storing valuable items in a strong lockable box or cage, you could even wrap a strong chain around the handles of items such as lawn mowers cycles etc and affix this to the inside shed wall, or to a ground anchor on the base of the shed.  Try to place the shed door facing your house and not too close to a perimeter wall or gate.  Where possible fit an alarm, whilst also ensuring you have photos and/or serial numbers of anything valuable within to help with future identification should you become a victim at some point.  When exiting your buildings, make sure everything is locked and secured after use. Finally, protect the areas around, by installing motion sensor lights, and actively maintain fencing or walls as a deterrent.  Keep outside areas free from bricks, rubble and ladders as these can be used as tools to gain entry to your property.  
It would also be helpful if you could install CCTV as it may help to pick up intruders which may lead to identification.  Finally consider integrating your shed into your home alarm system, especially if you have valuable equipment in there and make sure the areas around your shed are well lit with security lighting. 
If you see anyone circling the area or you feel that someone is up to no good, please call us immediately on 101 or if you feel that a crime is in action please call 999.
 Many Thanks

PCSO 7899 Emilia Austin
Accrington Neighbourhood
 
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Emilia Austin (Police, PCSO, EAST - Hyndburn)

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