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Keep your Shed or Garage Safe and Secure

Alert message sent 20/04/2021 17:26:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police are receiving increasing reports of sheds, integral and detached garages being broken into. Please take some time to ensure your shed, garage and other garden buildings are safe and secure and check that your insurance covers the contents from theft.

The top five most common items stolen from sheds are:
1. Bikes
2. Mowers
3. Sports equipment
4. Power tools
5. Garden tools

Detached garages are often tucked away from the view of passing traffic or local residents, so are often targeted by thieves. When was the last time you visited your garage and ensured the garage door lock actually works?
Please ensure integral garage doors and any internal doors to your property are locked and secure.
Garage doors are often light weight and supplied with only a basic type of lock that can be forced with a screwdriver or similar bladed tool so could benefit from the installation of additional security locks. Mortice locks or lockable bolts fitted down towards the bottom corners reduce the risk of offenders gaining access by prising the bottom of the garage door outwards.

Think about chaining items to secure shelves and installing anchor points to which motor bikes or bicycles can be padlocked inside your garage.
Do not give thieves the opportunity or the tools to commit a crime, lock them inside a locker or box or secure them with a chain.
It is always worth draping an old sheet or blanket over the top of mowers or bikes to keep them covered from view.
Consider installing a battery-operated alarm. They look low key but respond to movement or door contact with an extremely loud siren.
Consider security marking and registering tools and other items that you store in your garage or shed so they can be identified at

You can find further crime prevention advice on our website:

Please contact us if you have any information relating to crime in your neighbourhood. Report online at call us on 101 or in an emergency dial 999.
Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on free phone 0800 555 111.

Thank you.
Message sent by
Karen Collins (Police, Admin/Co-ordinator, Wokingham)

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