Safety advice issued following increase in shed break-ins around Spelthorne
We are advising residents to be aware of a series of shed break-ins in Spelthorne, specifically in the Royal Estate and surrounding areas, over the last couple of weeks.
There have been over 20 break-ins over the last couple of weeks, with garden sheds being broken into, and various items including power tools, bikes, and lawnmowers being taken.
Police Sergeant Paul Grinter, of the Safer Neighbourhoods Team said: “We are working hard carrying out enquiries to prevent this from happening.
“I would like to encourage residents to ensure their properties are secure. Taking simple steps such as fitting padlocks and installing an alarm can make a huge difference. I also encourage any property being found or located in the local area to be reported to us.
“You can find out more information about burglary prevention advice at www.surrey.police.uk/burglary and follow our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SurreyPolice) and Twitter account (@SurreyPolice).”
If you have any information call Surrey Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency, or use report.police.uk and quote the reference number 45170121260.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.
• Use good quality fixings and a padlock to secure doors
• Use anti-tamper screws in door hinges
If possible, lock any windows
• Fit a mains or battery powered alarm
Use a forensic coding product to 'property mark' all valuable tools and equipment with your postcode/house number
• If possible, secure lawnmowers and other valuable equipment to a shed or garage wall
• Lock tools away when you aren't using them.