A shed door has been forced and a bike and sports equipment stolen from a shed in The Gallops. The owners were away at the time.
Securing your home
If you want to be certain your home is as safe as you can make it, here are ten top tips you should follow:
Fit strong locks to external doors and windows, and make sure they are locked at all times.
Always remove all keys from inside locks, and keep them out of sight and in a safe place.
Fit sturdy deadlocks (British Standard BS3621) to all doors. Euro cylinder locks should bear the new standard TS007.
Make sure your doors and frames are strong and in good condition – wood doors should be at least 44mm thick.
Mark your property – having it marked helps police verify it’s been stolen.
Fit a door chain or bar and door viewer (spy-hole), and use them.
Never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place such as under the doormat, in a flowerpot or behind a loose brick – thieves know to look there first.
When you are out in the evening, leave your lights on and shut the curtains.
Install outside security lighting; if other people can see your property a burglar may think twice.
Keep your tools and ladders securely locked up – a burglar could use them to get into your house.