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Police plea to keep shed thieves at bay
RYEDALE residents are being urged to get ‘shed-educated’ and take some simple steps to keep thieves at bay.
Police officers are stepping up patrols in the area to deter and target intruders. However, they are also urging people to make sure their shed is secured, particularly if expensive items are being stored inside.
A spokesperson for Safer Ryedale, which is behind the Sheducaton initiative, said shed burglaries could be prevented by taking simple security measures such as using quality padlocks and replacing standard hinges with strap hinges secured by coach bolts or non-return screws.
“Shed alarms are inexpensive and can be effective – especially with external sounders – and all these security products are available from most DIY shops and online,” the said.
“Garden side gates should be locked as an intruder climbing over is more likely to be seen as suspicious than one that just opens the gate and walks in.”
The spokesman said security lighting is also a deterrent, and portable shed alarms can scare off intruders.
They added that bikes in particular need additional security locks and chains within the garage or shed, as they are increasingly becoming the target for thieves. All property should also be security marked.
The spokesperson said: “Remember – most burglars want to be in and out as quick as possible, therefore we need to make it hard as we can for them to get in and remove goods quickly.
“All of the above measures will frustrate and delay them – which increases the chance of them being heard, seen and caught.
“By taking some simple precautions, you can put yourself at less risk of becoming a victim of opportunist thieves and help us continue to cut shed burglaries in the area.”
Inspector Andy Everitt, of Malton Police, said thefts from sheds and out-buildings throughout Ryedale continued to be a problem.
“Allotment sheds in Malton and Norton have recently been attacked and I urge owners to take shed security seriously by ensuring that nothing of value is stored in their sheds and that appropriate measures have been taken to deter thieves,” he said.
“Don’t let your shed become easy pickings for opportunistic thieves.”
People can report any suspicious activity to police on 101, or in an emergency phone 999.