Pocklington and Wolds Weighton Community Policing Team offers crime prevention advice on shed and garden security

The Pocklington and Wolds Weighton Community Policing Team is offering crime prevention advice over shed and garden security.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 8:23 pm
Make sure your shed or garage is secured with a good quality lock.

The move comes after six garages in Pocklington were broken into and items including bicycles stolen.

A spokesman said: “Lighter nights often means criminals are on the prowl for easy pickings from gardens, sheds and garages. As the weather starts to warm up, we all spend more time outside, but we all also get a bit lax about leaving our property around and locking our sheds and garages when we use them.

“Opportunist criminals are always on the lookout for bikes, tools, sports equipment and fishing tackle in sheds and garages, as well as in gardens.”

Police advice includes:

○ Make sure your shed or garage is secured with a good quality lock.

○ Keep back gates locked when not used.

○ Do you have security/motion sensor lights? They can be a great deterrent if your home or garden is secluded.

○ Loop a strong chain through the handles of your garden tools and connect the ends with a strong padlock. If possible, fix a large metal eyelet to part of the shed frame and loop the chain through it.

○ Check your home contents policy to see if you are covered in the event of a break-in.

○ If you have an expensive bicycle or motorbike, make sure you have a good quality lock securing it when not in use.

○ For reference record a description and add photographs of your cycles, golf clubs, fishing equipment, tools and any other valuable property free on www.immobilise.com.

○ Consider marking your property using a visible permanent marker or an invisible marker, adding your postcode and address.