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NHW SA Advice for protecting sheds and tools following shed & garage burglaries across south Warwickshire

Please be aware that there has been a spate of shed burglaries, garage burglaries and thefts from gardens, across the county, over the last couple of weeks. The latest incidents in south Warwickshire have occurred at homes in Wootton Wawen, Welford on Avon, Henley in Arden and Stratford.

Attached is a leaflet (Shed & Garage Security) containing basic crime prevention advice, on how best to protect your shed, bicycles, tools and equipment.

Please be alert and actively on the lookout for suspicious person or activity around your own or neighbouring homes and please report anything of concern, to Police, on 101.

Finally, the best deterrent to thieves is mark your property. This can be done very inexpensively and in several different ways. The cheapest way is to write your postcode on tools and equipment with a permanent marker pen which is a very visible deterrent as thieves cannot sell your items on without question, and do not want to be caught with marked items.

Another effective way is to mark your items with Smartwater, available through Neighbourhood Watch or from Stratford Police Station for £15.00 per kit. Each kit marks around 50 items with a clear DNA like solution which you register to your address. This is not a visible deterrent but signage applied to items and sheds does put off thieves who know that if they are caught with stolen items, the items can be traced back to their owners.

A newer product is a Cremark kit costing around £12.00. This has been developed by 2 ex Police Officers from Lincolnshire and is a kit containing an indelible pen for visually mark items and then a spray on solution which is virtually impossible to get off, to cover the pen markings.

There are, of course, other effective products on the market at very reasonable prices.

Thank you
Julie Dale
Warwickshire Police

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