Police issue warning letters to Grantham residents following spate of break-ins

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Letters warning residents to be vigilant after a series of break-ins and thefts have been delivered to residents.

The Community Beat Manager for Grantham Town West is sending out the letters to residents in Barrowby Gate, the Earlsfield Estate, Heathfield Road, Oakleigh Road and Denton Avenue following a number of break-ins and thefts in the areas.

PC Jonathan Smyth said: “Lincolnshire Police is investigating a series of properties being broken into in your area during which items have been stolen. Insecure items have also been stolen from gardens, particularly garden sheds.

“We are currently conducting extensive enquiries to identify those responsible and deal with them robustly. We are therefore urging residents to think carefully about the security of valued items. Locked sheds and outbuildings are simply not usually enough to stop a determined thief.”

Below are some useful security tips to consider:

Sheds

Sheds should be kept in a good condition and located in a visible position. Use high quality locks, doors and hinges and ideally block off all windows. Use tamper proof screws or drill out screw heads. Visibly mark property and record the serial numbers for free on www.immobilise.com (the Police national property register). Consider securing your tools through their handles to a shed shackle or other similar security anchor point. For more information on security products please visit www.securedbydesign.com. Clear signage showing that your machinery is secured and traceable will help to deter many thefts.

Perimeter

Regularly check all fencing to make sure it is in good condition. Ideally it should be two metres high and form a solid barrier with no gaps. Gates should be securely locked and of a design that makes climbing difficult. Check there are no climbing aids such as bins, composters etc that would make access to gardens easy. Consider planting thorny bushes inside the fence to deter entry - taking care not to reduce the natural surveillance.

Lighting

A well-lit garden is much less attractive to thieves if it is overlooked from footpaths or buildings.

Alarms

Consider installing an alarm. Shed alarms can be purchased from most DIY stores and the sound they generate will often deter thieves and alert you and your neighbours immediately.

Be Aware

Look out for suspicious activity and report it using the 101 number. Tell you neighbours about this advice and ask them to do the same.

If you need further crime reduction information visit the advice section on www.lincs.police.uk or contact your local Crime Reduction Tactical Advisor.