Police warn residents to secure sheds

There have been a number of reports of shed break-ins across Kings Lynn in recent weeks and therefore it is important that residents continue to remain vigilant and take appropriate security measures.

Homeowners can take a few simple crime prevention measures to prevent being targeted by opportunistic thieves.

  • Fit good quality locks on the door, preferably two locks should be fitted 1/3 up and 1/3 down on the door.  Alternatively use a shed bar to increase security.
  • Do not neglect the hinge either side and use security screws or bolts through their fixings.
  • Secure the windows with a weld mesh or similar product secured from the inside or if that’s not possible fit curtains or blinds to obscure shed contents.
  • If your storage area is within sight or earshot, fit a security light or use a shed alarm to deter thieves.
  • If possible remove all high value items from your shed and store them in the home
  • Use a padlock and chain to secure items such as lawn mowers to a heavy anchor point, and cable alarms can be used to link several items together
  • Keep a list of everything of value with make and model details and serial numbers along with photographs if possible

Sergeant Don Cormican has also issued further advice: “I would strongly urge anyone leaving any items of value in sheds or garages to get their property marked, whether it’s electronically or through DNA technology, which involves microdots with unique reference numbers which link to your house and can be detected using a UV light.

“Most shed breaks are carried out by opportunist thieves, therefore please ensure that you lock and secure your shed and garage. In the meantime, I would urge residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to police on 101 or call 999 if you believe a crime is in progress.”

For further crime prevention advice, and for more information about local security marking events, please visit www.norfolk.police.uk.

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