Police shed light on security
AVON and Somerset police are going on tour with a garden shed in a bid to counter theft.
Crime reduction officer Beth Poole is urging people to improve security with the constabulary's Sheducation project.
The portable display will visit supermarkets and events during the summer – a time when shed thefts typically rise.
She said: "The average contents of a garden shed are worth about £1,000 so it is important to make sure it is secure and that bikes and tools are locked up.
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"Sheds are not designed to store valuables and most insurance companies won't insure their contents. But it is a very preventable crime."
The display offers advice on other theft risks, including the theft of pedal cycles which have been left unattended and theft from cars where items are left on view.
PCSO Poole said: "We have seen an increase in bike theft particularly. People leave them outside and thieves just have to hop on.
"I also attended an incident where a car was broken into for 22p. We all get complacent at times but people really shouldn't leave anything in their car."
She said the most important way to protect cars is to make sure nothing visible is left.