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Witness Appeal Burglary Wood Lane Weston Underwood 31st May 2022

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Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a Burglary in Wood Lane Weston Underwood
 
On Tuesday 31st May 2022 between 0900-1900, a burglary took place where entry was gained to an outbuilding and tools were taken.

We are appealing for witnesses who may have seen any suspicious activity in Wood Lane between those times or may have CCTV or dash cam footage of vehicles driving up or down Wood Lane.

If you have any information please call our 24-hour enquiry centre on 101, quoting reference 43220238292 for the attention of PCSO C9677 David Huckle

Many people don’t secure their shed or garage in the same way they do their homes - often using an easy-to-break lock or padlock to protect valuable contents such as a car, bike or lawnmower.

An opportunistic burglar will try a shed or garage first because they can find the tools they need to break into the main house.

Shed and outbuilding security: first steps

First off, check that your insurance covers the contents of your shed or outbuildings from theft.

Think like a thief
Look at your shed and consider how you would break in. It’s worth having a good padlock on the door with no exposed screws. Pay attention to hinges, as these are sometimes easily removable. If you have windows then these could be vulnerable unless they are secured with wire mesh or grills, and keep it locked at all times.

Alarm it
Consider a battery-operated shed alarm. They look low key but they respond to movement or door contact with an extremely loud siren.

Lock it, hide it or mark it
Don’t give them the opportunity or the tools to commit a crime. Lock everything away securely. Tools can be locked inside a locker or box or secured with a chain.

Secure your bike to the ground or a lockable stand within a locked shed or garage. Visit Sold Secure to search for ground anchors and other locks designed to fix to floors and walls.
It’s always worth draping an old sheet or blanket over the top of mowers or bikes to keep them covered from view. Although it might sound like stating the obvious, never leave your garage or shed door unlocked if you’re not around.

Property marking your items is advisable and some tools can be painted with your name or postcode. Forensic marking is also an option. 

The top five most common items stolen from sheds
Bikes
Mowers
Sports equipment
Power tools
Garden tools
 
If you don’t want to speak directly to police you can contact the
Independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded
and you will not go to court.

Set up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in your area

Would you like to bring your community closer together, or do you have concerns about burglary, antisocial behaviour or the general environment in your street?

Through Neighbourhood Watch you can help the Police and your neighbours to strengthen your community.  You can make your area a better place to live.  The scheme is free to join.

For further information, please look at the National NHW Site at www.ourwatch.org.uk
 
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David Huckle (Police, PCSO, Milton Keynes)

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