Frome police roadshow reveals how to reduce outbuilding thefts
TO RAISE awareness and to reduce the number of thefts from sheds in the Frome area, police officers have been out with the sheducation van giving crime prevention advice.
At the end of last month officers from the Frome neighbourhood policing team attended Welshmill Allotments and offered advice and information to members of the public on shed and outbuilding security.
Throughout the morning officers security marked garden tools and handed out UV property marking kits.
Mendip crime reduction officer Yvonne Mears said: "A garden shed is not a secure store. It was traditionally designed to store a few gardening tools yet often, having no alternative, we use them to store expensive items such as bicycles, sports equipment and power tools.
"It is important to ask yourself if your garden shed is the most appropriate place to store valuable items. However, if your shed is your only means of storage there is a number of simple steps you can take to improve its security and protect your belongings."
Simple tips for securing outbuildings and sheds include fitting an alarm, marking valuables with your postcode and house number, chain cycles and other valuables together and fit a metal grille to windows and use a close-shackled padlock of hardened steel or consider a shed bar.
PSCO Mears said: "Be aware that by allowing a burglar easy access to your shed, you are also giving them access to tools which could assist them to break into your home."
For more information visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk or call Mendip crime reduction officer PCSO Yvonne Mears on 101.