If you’re a regular reader of the weekly Commander’s Bulletin you will notice that thefts from sheds, outbuildings and within the garden feature regularly in the list of recent crimes committed across Perth and Kinross; this week is no different. A number of these thefts could be prevented if home owners took some simple steps to secure their garden, shed and garage.
What can I do to stop thieves entering and stealing from my garden?
Keep hedges, walls and fences low at the front of the property – to a maximum of 1.2 metres high and in a good state of repair to allow natural surveillance and make it hard for an intruder to work unseen. Prevent easy access to the back and sides by installing locked gates. Rear fences and walls should be a minimum 1.8 to 2 metres in height. Trellis topping or an intruder deterrent strip should also be considered to make climbing difficult.
Consider nature’s own defences - growing aggressive shrubbery which is harder for intruders to climb through. Ideal plants include berberis, blue spruce, common holly, giant rhubarb, golden bamboo, firethorn, shrub rose, pencil Christmas tree, juniper and rubus (bramble).
Security lighting around your property will act as a deterrent. Dusk to dawn low voltage LED lighting is cost effective to both install and run.
Make sure bins are located in an area which doesn’t allow them to be easily used as a step to climb over fences/walls or access windows.
Lock away any garden implements, furniture or tools in a secure shed, garage or outside store. They may not only be an attractive target for theft, but also items such as ladders which are useful for breaking into your home.
What can I do to protect property in my shed and garage?
Photograph valuable items of garden furniture and/or garden tools. Note and keep a record of make, model, colour and serial numbers and use a UV pen or similar to security mark them with your house number and postcode.
You may wish to use a chain or other device to lock garden tools and furniture together to the structure which will make them harder to remove.
Fit a good quality hasp and padlock to the door, fitted with dome headed or non-returnable screws to prevent tampering. Appropriate products that are approved as ‘Sold Secure’ or ‘Secured by Design’ should be considered. For more information visit www.securedbydesign.com
Secure windows and don’t give intruders the opportunity to see inside. Depending on the type of window, you could consider fitting internal window grills, heavy wire mesh or reinforced glass. You could also use curtains or opaque film. If the window opens, a window lock should be fitted.
If you have an intruder alarm, consider extending it to cover sheds, garages and outbuildings and ensure that there is a visible external sounder box.
If you do not have a secure shed then bring items inside – don’t leave them lying out.
If your garage adjoins your home and there is a through door, keep it locked.
A 35 year old man will be subject of a report to the Procurator Fiscal for theft of a quad bike from Drummond Way, Perth on Tuesday 22nd June.
A 16 year old man will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for attempting to break into North Muirton Primary School, Uist Place, Perth on Thursday 8th July.
A 30 year old man will be subject of a report to the Procurator Fiscal for offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act after being found in possession of Cannabis valued at £430 in Caledonian Road, Perth on Saturday 7th August.
A 30 year old man was arrested in Dundee Road, Perth on Sunday 8th August for a number of offences under the Road Traffic Act including failure to provide a saliva sample for a drug test and driving without insurance.
A 17 year old man will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for being within a building with intent to steal in Hutchison Drive, Scone on Sunday 25th July.
A 50 year old man was arrested for dangerous driving and failure to provide a breath test after a member of the public reported concern due to his manner of driving on the A912 near Aberargie on Thursday 5th August.
A 37 year old man will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for theft by housebreaking at a property near to Gilmerton on Monday 14th June
During the last week 2 drivers were found to be without insurance and 1 had no licence.
Between 5:15am and 3pm, Tuesday 3rd August, a purple Verve Ladies Bike was stolen from Leonard Street, Perth. (CR/22234/21)
Between 7pm, Sunday 8th and 9am, Monday 9th August, a blue and black Yamaha Motorcycle was stolen from Glenalmond Terrace, Perth. The bike was later recovered in the Cherrybank area. (CR/22458/21)
Between 4:30pm and 9pm, Sunday 1st August, a blue VW Transporter was damaged in Spoutwells Road, Scone. (CR/22021/21)
Between 4pm, Friday 30th July and 8:30am, Monday 2nd August, an external door was damaged at Stanley Primary School. (CR/21987/21). During the same time frame play equipment was stolen and damaged at Honeypot Nursery, The Crescent, Stanley. (CR/22081/21)
Between midnight and 7:30am, Monday 2nd August, a black and grey Norco Mountain Bike, a grey and red Cube Stereo Children’s Mountain Bike and a Kuda Impact Mountain Bike with blue highlights and green pedals were stolen from Comrie Croft Campsite. (CR/22000/21)
About 8:15pm, Friday 6th August, a window was smashed at a property in Monteath Street, Crieff. (CR/22251/21)
Between 7pm, Friday 6th and 1pm, Saturday 7th August, a KTM Motorcycle and a white Ford Transit Van were stolen along with a quantity of tools from a farm off the A912 near Balvaird Castle, Strathmiglo. (CR/22254/21)
Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer, quoting the crime reference number listed at each incident. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Local Area Commander
Perth and Kinross
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