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Shed burglaries in east

04 Feb 2015 14:49 PM

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Police are reminding residents that ensuring sheds and outbuildings are secure is just as important as home security.

It follows incidents in the east of Newcastle where sheds have been broken into and valuable items like tools, bikes and gardening equipment stolen.

Officers are carrying out extra patrols in the Jesmond, Heaton and Sandyford areas following the increase in offences over recent weeks.

They are reminding residents to make sure their property is secure as part of the force's Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling thefts and burglaries and promoting crime prevention advice to residents.

Neighbourhood Inspector Neil Brotherton said: "Most burglars are opportunist and they target sheds that are unlocked or where locks are inadequate and we're advising people to make sure they have security measures in place.

"A few simple steps, like ensuring a good quality lock is used to secure the shed, and securing door hinges with non-returnable screws or coach bolts could prevent sheds from being targeted.

"Equipment kept in sheds can be worth hundreds of pounds if not more so people should make sure they are secure."

Other advice includes installing a shed alarm and metal bar, outdoor security lighting or CCTV, all of which deters thieves.

For more crime prevention information visit http://www.northumbria.police.uk/crimeprevention, while people are urged to sign up to free property register Immobilise at www.immobilise.com.

It's also vital residents report anything suspicious to police straight away so they can investigate. Police can be called on 101, or to report a crime ongoing dial 999.