POLICE are warning residents to follow their advice to help prevent shed burglaries after an increase in crimes.
Police say that most garden sheds are not designed for safe storage and that expensive items such as power tools, lawn mowers, garden tools, bicycles and golf clubs should be kept elsewhere.
Those who have no alternative should:
Keep their shed in good condition so it’s not easy to break into.
Consider investing in an alarm.
Mark and photograph valuable tools and equipment and register it at www.immobilise.com so it can be traced back if stolen and later recovered.
Fit a padlock to your shed and consider putting wire mesh across its windows. Fit a motion-activated outside light to deter burglars who rely on the cover of darkness.
Plant prickly shrubs and plants near windows, drainpipes and fences.
Use gravel on driveways and paths to help alert you to anyone outside.
Lock any gates to your drive or back garden.
Large items such as bicycles should be chained together and ladders locked to a secure fixture to ensure they cannot be used to reach top floor windows of houses.
Anyone with information about shed burglaries should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 300 99 99 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.