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Burglary update

Alert message sent 15/07/2021 13:40:00

Information sent on behalf of Surrey Police

Dear Residents,
Welcome to the Burglary Update for the last two weeks.

The message covers the burglaries reported between the 1st July 2021  and 15th July 2021
  • 06/07/2021 22:30   Bowen Way, Netherne on the Hill. Attempted Residential Garage Burglary.  Method of Entry – The suspect was disturbed and left the premises. Stolen: Nothing taken.
  • 10/07/2021  19:25  Copleigh Drive, Burgh Heath. Residential Burglary.  Method of entry- Forced entry through the front door. Stolen: Nothing taken.
  • 02/07/2021 (Unsure of the time). Woodcrest Walk, Reigate. Residential Garage Burglary.  Method of Entry-   Access through the garage door. Stolen:  Including; Bicycle, chainsaw, telescopic ladder, leaf blower.
  • Between 27/06/2021 16:00 and 04/07/2021 11:30. The Tannery, Redhill. Residential Garage Burglary. Method of Entry – Not confirmed at this time. Stolen:  Tool Box, Bicycle carrier car attachment, Black lamp.
  • Between 03/07/2021 10:00 and 04/07/2021 12:20. Harrison Close, Reigate. Residential Garage Burglary.  Method of Entry - Access through the garage door. Stolen: 2 Inflatable kayaks, 4 Bicycles.
  • Nothing to report

Keeping your shed or garage safe and secure
There have been a number of residential garage burglaries this week.  This might be an appropriate time for you to review the security of your garage/shed.

Many people don’t secure their shed or garage in the same way they do their homes - often using an easy-to-break lock or padlock to protect valuable contents such as a car, bike or lawnmower
  1. First off, check that your insurance covers the contents of your garage or outbuildings from theft.
  2. Think like a thief - Take a look at your garage/shed and consider how you would break in. It’s worth having a good padlock on the door with no exposed screws. Pay attention to hinges, as these are sometimes easily removable. If you have windows then these could be vulnerable unless they’re secured with wire mesh or grills. And keep it locked at all times.
  3. Alarm it - Consider a battery-operated alarm. They look low key but they respond to movement or door contact with an extremely loud siren.
  4. Lock it, hide it or mark it - Don’t give them the opportunity or the tools to commit a crime. Lock everything away securely. Tools can be locked inside a locker or box or secured with a chain.
  5. Secure your bike to the ground or a lockable stand within a locked shed or garage. Visit Sold Secure to search for ground anchors and other locks designed to fix to floors and walls.
  6. It’s always worth draping an old sheet or blanket over the top of mowers or bikes to keep them covered from view.
  7. Although it might sound like stating the obvious, never leave your garage or shed door unlocked if you’re not around.
  8. Property marking your items is advisable and some tools can be painted with your name or postcode. Forensic marking is also an option. 
The top five most common items stolen from garages/sheds
  • Bikes
  • Mowers
  • Sports equipment
  • Power tools
  • Garden tools
Please remember we provide lots of advice on our website for keeping you, and your property as safe as possible: www.surrey.police.uk/burglary/

As ever if you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. 

Kind regards,

Reigate & Banstead Specialist Neighbourhood Team
Message sent by
Megan Spanton (Surrey Police, Office Manager, Reigate & Banstead)

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