Sheds, garages, heating oil … all in a night’s work for local thieves

Monthly updates from the various North Dorset Police Teams. This month’s news from Gillingham’s PCSO Vicky Biggs.

Gillingham’s team have seen a rise in thefts from sheds and garages, says PCSO Vicky Biggs – no small thing when garden tools are so expensive to replace.

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been starting to see an increase in thefts from garden sheds and garages. The value of property in sheds and garages is more than people think, you may think that your garden machinery is old and not worth a lot but if it was stolen it can soon become very expensive to replace. There are some simple steps you can take to protect your property and make it harder for thieves:

• Keep garden gates, fences and walls in good repair to prevent intruders from getting in.
• Secure your shed by fitting a shed alarm, use reinforced hinges and locks and fit metal grills over any windows.
• Security mark your property and take photographs of the item and its serial number and any unique markings.
• Secure valuable items within your shed to a strong anchor point using security cables, chains and a robust
padlock.
• Do not leave equipment lying around in your garden.
• Fit security lighting.

By following these simple steps, you will be able to protect your property and make your shed and garage uninviting to thieves.

“There has been a report of theft of heating oil overnight 1st March between 1800hrs to 0900hrs in the
Kingston area of the village. If you have any information please contact Dorset Police via 101 or via the Dorset Police website www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online quoting ref 55220035015”

“Thank you to the good Samaritan who assisted with a lost dog by Langton Road car park in Blandford yesterday, 7/3/22. Your dog lead is at Blandford Station!”

“Carried out a number of enquiries and attended several incidents including a three vehicle RTC near #Blandford. Thankfully, nobody seriously hurt. Thanks as always to our colleagues in green”

or details on your local team’s future engagements please refer to our website. As always, if you wish to contact us follow the links. You can report non urgent matters via 101, and remember if you see a crime in progress or a person in danger call 999.

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