Shed a light on garden theft
Dated: 28 Mar 2012
Officers in Gateshead are urging residents to weed out garden thieves by protecting their sheds, garages and gardens.
Following some simple advice from police could help protect your belongings and prevent opportunitist thieves stealing valuable items from your shed, garage or garden.
Put away all tools and equipment and ensure that all outside sheds and store cupboards are securely locked when not in use
Bring the tools inside if you do not have a garden shed or outbuilding
Do not store your valuable property outside, such as bikes and expensive gardening equipment
All valuable property should be marked and registered online at sites such as immobilise.com
If you have to keep bikes in a shed lock them to an immovable object
Do not help thieves by buying garden tools or bikes which you believe may be stolen or you do not know where they have come from. If they are stolen you may be arrested and will certainly have them taken off you by the police.
Use plant protection - such as thorny shrubs- around your garden area where possible
Install outside security lighting sensors
If you have a burglar alarm, why not extend it to cover outbuildings and sheds?
Photograph valuable garden plants or ornaments
Mark your property with your postcode. This makes stolen property easier to trace and it can be positively identified as yours
Check that your household insurance policy covers theft from your garden and outbuildings.
If you have a local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, why not join?
Inspector Paul Hamilton of the South Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "This advice can deter criminals from your property. Most burglars are lazy. They look for easy ways of getting into a house or garden. By taking a few simple precautions you can reduce the risk of being burgled and make your house and garden more secure.
"Following this advice could save you a lot of money and inconvenience over the summer months.
"If you do witness any suspicious behaviour around your property or your neighbours' property, please do contact the police."