Shed security upgrades call to halt criminals

Make sure your sheds and garages are secure to thwart opportunist criminals.
Make sure your sheds and garages are secure to thwart opportunist criminals.

Police officers in the Pocklington and Market Weighton areas are advising people to check their shed and garage security.

Lighter nights often means criminals are on the prowl for easy pickings from gardens, sheds and garages.

A police spokesman said: “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.”

Do you need a better lock, an alarm, lighting, or even CCTC? Below are some tips on home security:

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

l Keep back gates locked when not used.

l Do you have security/motion sensor lights? They can be a great deterrent.

l Check there are no bins, composters or trees that can be used for climbing over your garden fence to gain access.

l Many shed windows are never used, if this is the case – why not screw them shut.

l If you have a household alarm consider extending it to cover your outbuildings or fit a bespoke shed/garage alarm.

l 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.

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