Isle of Wight residents reminded to keep property secure

Posted by Admin on Friday, 12th April 2013, 12:56

Isle of Wight residents reminded to keep property secure

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Following a spate of thefts from sheds, which have included a number of bicycles being stolen, the police on the Isle of Wight are reminding residents to keep their property safe and secure.

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Your local Safer Neighbourhoods teams recommend:

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Theft from Sheds:

Ensure access points into the garden are secure i.e. side or back gates are locked and fences should be 6ft high. You can increase the height by installing trellis on top.

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Shed security should be taken as seriously as that of your home, not only is there often high value equipment stored within but often the tools can help a burglar break into your home. Keep ladders chained and locked to a secure point and tools preferably in locked cupboards or boxes.

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The main shell of the shed should be in good order and doors should be sturdy with a British standard lock. You can always consider lining the shed with ply-wood to make it harder to break into.

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If you need a window in the shed use Perspex rather than glass.

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Shed alarms are available from DIY centres.

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Keep a note of any serial numbers of tools and bikes kept in the shed and register them for free at www.immobilise.com – there is a direct link to Immobilise.com in the Useful Links menu on the Northwood website’s home page.

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Make sure bikes are secured to a fixed anchor point using a ‘d’ lock when left in the shed or garage.
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Theft of Bikes:

Get a good quality ‘d’ lock, look for the Sold Secure logo on approved locks.

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Always lock your bike every time you leave it even if only for a couple of minutes.

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Remove any quick release parts or chain them to your bike.

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Register your bike for free at www.immobilise.com and help the police reunite lost and stolen property to its rightful owner.
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Anyone with information can contact Newport Police Station by phoning 101.

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Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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Hampshire Constabulary

Newport Police Station

High Street
Newport

Isle of Wight

PO30 1SZ

01983 538558

www.hampshire.police.uk

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