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Warning after allotment sheds are burgled

Monday, 2nd April 2012.

Police have issued a warning to allotment-holders after a series of sheds on the Manor Road allotments were targeted by burglars last week.

Up to seven sheds are believed to have been broken into between 11am on Monday and 8am on Tuesday, by forcing padlocks.

Police have issued the following crime prevention advice:
* Put tools and equipment away - lock them to the fabric of the building if you can, and while you are away from the site for long periods remove all equipment;
* Make sure sheds and outbuildings are locked when not in use;
* Use good quality locks and padlocks to secure doors;
* Most door hinges on outbuildings are exposed and easily removed bu taking out the screws - use strap hinges secured by coach bolts, with smooth heads that cannot be undone with a screwdriver or spanner;
* A strong pad bar fitted with a close-shackled padlock and secured with coach bolts is the most effective way to secure doors;
* Mark all equipment visibly with a postcode and attach a security marked label;
* Signs advertising the fact that your property is marked or your membership of a watch scheme, will deter criminals.

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