New Crime Reduction Advisor for Braintree District
Following the current reforms to Essex Police it has been decided that one Crime Reduction Advisor will cover the districts of Uttlesford and Braintree. Peter Caulfield at Saffron Walden will be covering this area from 1st February 2013 and I shall become the Crime Reduction Advisor for the Colchester district.
Garage, shed and barn security
Since the beginning of December the Yeldham, Halstead and Earls Colne areas have had 14 burglaries from garages, shed and barns some being from isolated locations and other from within residential areas with a variety of goods stolen.
Garages, sheds and barns by the nature of their construction and position especially when away from the house are always going to vulnerable. With a number of these offences the buildings have been either insecure or had inadequate locks and security.
On garage doors security can be improved by adding locking bolts to both sides of the “up and over door” or a garage door defender in the ground in front of the door. With sheds and some barns depending on the construction coach bolt and plate the padlock hasp to the frame and door, and use a good quality “Close Shackle” padlocks, don’t forget the hinges ensure they cannot be unscrewed. Some items within buildings can be secured using good quality chains attached to a ground anchor or such product.
Security products that are fit for purpose can found by looking for the "Secured by Design" or "Sold Secure" logos, or on their websites http://www.securedbydesign.com/ or http://www.soldsecure.com/ .
It is also worth fitting a shed alarm to the shed or garage, good signage regarding security systems in operation and adding security lighting. Shed alarms are relatively inexpensive and available from most DIY/hardware stores or at reduced prices through Neighbourhood Watch groups. For further advice contact your local Police Crime Reduction Advisor using the police non emergency number of 101.
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