Signs to beat the shed burglar
Dated: 12 Apr 2012
Police in South Tyneside have teamed up with partners to give a clear sign to shed burglars.
New signs have been created to be attached to residents' sheds letting would-be burglars know that no bikes or other items of value are stored inside.
The message comes as part of a Northumbria Police initiative to crack down on burglary throughout April.
It also forms part of South Tyneside Area Command's week-long crime prevention campaign urging people to protect themselves and their property.
The signs will be given to previous victims of shed burglary and those living in areas affected by the crime. They were made possible through Safer South Tyneside funding.
Acting Inspector Nick Gjorven said: "Crime is continuing to fall in the borough yet we do continue to receive reports of shed break-ins.
"These signs are yet another tool in our efforts to stop thieves and I'd urge people to use them to protect their property.
"As always we urge people to take crime prevention measures to stop thieves.
"People should refrain from storing high value goods such as bikes and expensive power tools in sheds, especially those that don't have adequate security.
"Shed bars and alarms are also an effective crime prevention tool.
"By working together, we can continue to cut crime in South Tyneside."
Further crime prevention advice is available on the Northumbria Police website:
Acting Inspector Nick Gjorven with the shed signs