A recent spate of thefts has prompted a warning from Hampshire Constabulary to residents across the Island to secure their property.
Ensuring that gates are locked is a simple but effective way to prevent crime happening on your door step.
Residents should consider the following points raised by the Police:
- Ensure access points into the garden are secure i.e. side or back gates are locked and fences should be 6ft high. You can increase the height by installing trellis on top.
- Shed security should be taken as seriously as that of your home, not only is there often high value equipment stored within but often the tools can help a burglar break into your home. Keep ladders chained and locked to a secure point and tools preferably in locked cupboards or boxes.
- The main shell of the shed should be in good order and doors should be sturdy with a British standard lock. You can always consider lining the shed with ply-wood to make it harder to break into.
- If you need a window in the shed use Perspex rather than glass.
- Shed alarms are available from DIY centres.
- Make sure any bikes are secured to a fixed anchor point using a ‘d’ lock when left in the shed or garage.
- Get a good quality ‘d’ lock, look for the Sold Secure logo on approved locks.
- Always lock you bike every time you leave it even if only for a couple of minutes.
- Remove any quick release parts or chain them to you bike.
- Register your bike for free at www.immobilise.com and help the police reunite lost and stolen property to its rightful owner.
Anyone with information can contact Newport Police Station by phoning 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.