August 22, 2008

A THIRD OF ALL HOMES FALLS VICTIM TO GARDEN BURGLARY

Filed under: Home Security,Uncategorized — admin @ 10:57 am

CUMBRIA Police are advising people to secure their gardens in the same way they secure their homes to combat the rise of garden related crime over the summer months. Many gardeners are keeping up to £2,000 worth of ornaments and tools outdoors but doing almost nothing to protect them and their garden sheds could be thieves’ target.

Terry Rattee of Crime Prevention Products advises keeping garden sheds and gates locked and fitting Prikka Strips to wall or fence tops to thwart burglars ensuring your boundary fences, walls and gates are kept in good order as these provide a valuable deterrent for the would-be-thief.

chaperone_siren_padlock_alarm_dw24Make sure the fabric of your shed/garage is in good overall condition and fit a good quality lock to the door making sure any fittings are bolted through the door with concealed screws. He suggests fitting one of the latest types of Siren Padlock Alarm as they are not expensive and will pay for themselves very quickly. They are robust padlocks with the huge advantage of triggering a loud two-tone 110 decibel siren if anybody tampers with the lock. The alarm switches off after 10 seconds if no further movement is detected, so it will not annoy the neighbours but will immediately re-sound if the lock is tampered with again. A little expense in terms of the lock can be money well spent and may help with any insurance premiums and subsequent claims if the worst does happen.

keypad_pir_intruder_alarmMarking equipment with your postcode or name using a Permanent UV Marking Pen increases the chances of the property being recovered and returned to its rightful owner and can be done quickly and easily. There are also Alpha Dot Marking Systems available which are small pots containing hundreds of tiny micro dots suspended in liquid which are simply ‘painted’ into inaccessible areas with the small brush provided. A few dabs with the brush into corners etc. are enough to deposit quite a few of the micro dots, each of which contains a unique identifying code which is traceable back to the owner via a free database. Remember, the thief would have to find ALL the dots whereas the police only need find ONE!

With the warmer weather over the summer months a lot of people will be regularly using their bicycles and storing them in sheds and garages. This is one of the most popular items for thieves to steal and sell on. Shed Alarms are a useful deterrent and can be purchased for just a few pounds and are available by Mail Order.

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  1. Garden security is vital. Wooden outhouses such as sheds and bike storage units can be essential towards protecting your property.

    Comment by Bike sheds — February 25, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

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