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Crime Prevention Advice

Alert message sent 17/03/2022 13:41:00

Information sent on behalf of Surrey Police

The top five most common items stolen from sheds are:

1. Bikes
2. Mowers
3. Sports equipment
4. Power tools
5. Garden tools

Sheds, garages and outbuildings account for a significant number of burglaries in Surrey. Inadequate locks – or no locks at all – make these buildings an easy target. Valuable items such as power tools, bikes and golf clubs are top of a burglar’s wish list, but they’ll take anything they can get their hands on.

What you can you do to secure your shed or garage:

Always lock side and back gates

Fit strong locks & hasps to sheds and use audible magnetic alarms on doors and windows

Park cars in front of garages to block entry

Install a good quality home alarm system that can be extended to include sheds and garages

Consider installing a video doorbell and/or CCTV cameras

Check that your home insurance covers sheds, garages and outbuildings

Read more: https://www.surrey.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/protect-home-crime/secure-shed-garage/

We are noticing a rise in the number of thefts from building sites in Surrey recently as they are an easy target – open sheds, cabs and containers offer easy access to sites and vehicles.

Sites are often left insecure overnight, over weekends or holiday period.

A lot of equipment shares the same keys or is kept in an obvious place. Tools and machinery can be incredibly valuable to thieves, who may keep them to use themselves or sell them on.


Keep your site partially illuminated (if possible) when closed so thieves can’t creep around it easily in the dark

Don’t keep an excess of materials on site

Lock away all tools, as well as small or valuable equipment or materials

Strengthen your perimeter fencing and access gates, and consider installing temporary CCTV cameras, alarms, or concrete barriers

If you see something suspicious when passing a building site out of hours, call 999 and tell us.
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Carolyn Anstey (Surrey Police, Office Manager, Runnymede)

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