Garden theft is no joke, so it’s important that the items you keep in your garden are fully protected.
Garden theft is rife all over the country, new stories of areas hit by this crime emerge daily. A new shocking story of garden theft in Hexham has just come into the news spotlight. £40,000 worth of items has been stolen from gardens, shed and garages around the Hexham area of Northumberland since April 2012. That is a lot of stuff! It was said that local thieves have been targeting their neighbours. Items such as power tools, gardening equipment and lawnmowers have been among the haul stolen.
One man questioned had £ 1,000 worth of gardening equipment stolen,
“I put extra locks on the shed, but they came back and stole the equipment again,” the Hexham resident said.
“Just recently they came back again and this time took off the door hinges to get in because I had so many locks on”.
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This is not a unique case, incidents like this one are cropping up everywhere and unfortunately in a lot of cases the thieves don’t get caught and items never return to their rightful owners. As you can see from this victim’s quotes, thieves have means and ways of breaking into sheds and garages. However there are things that you can do to help prevent theft from gardens, sheds and garages.
- Lock away all tools, don’t help the thieves steal your stuff
- Install garden security lights
- Write your postcode on valuable items or register them on immobalise.com
- Replace rusting locks with stronger alternatives
- If your shed has a window, board it up and secure it to avoid thieves using it as a point of entry.
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