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Warning by Cornish police after rise in shed break-ins

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 12:41pm 18th March 2018. (Updated at 12:46pm 18th March 2018)

A warnings been issued after a rise in sheds being broken into in a Cornish town.

Callington Police have issued advice on security measures that can be taken to reduce risk.

It follows an increase in the amount of sheds in the area being broken into.

The buildings can often be seen as an easy target if lacking in security. 

A spokesperson for the force said: "Callington Police have been made aware of an increase in shed breaks recently. These types of crimes can be prevented by effective security measures such as fitting appropriate locks, and chains, fitting grills, or mesh, to windows and keeping your shed in a good condition. Make sure all tools that need to remain in sheds are locked aware securely, if they are battery operated take the battery out when not using them. Marking any valuable equipment with an appropriate method makes the items traceable if stolen. "

Devon and Cornwall Police have said the offences are covered under the Theft Act 1968, with offenders entering a building or part of as a trespasser in order to steal. The offender may take into consideration their ability to enter and exit without being caught, if security systems like alarms are in place and if the grounds are overlooked or if there is anyone inside.

The force recommends the following safety measures, advising that demonstrating security measures act is a strong point of deterring criminals.

Doors and locks

Ensure the door is robust and as solid as the rest of the structure, fix and bolt a shackle padlock through the door and enforce hinges with coach bolts.

Lighting and windows

Install low energy security lights that are motion sensitive lights or ones that run from dusk until dawn. Stop windows from being an easy access point by fixing mesh or grilles to them.

Outside area

Ensure fences and gates are in working order, fences will be difficult to overcome if a substantial height but ensure they are within planning regulations for the area.

Lock gates and consider whether lampposts and trees may make it accessible. Using gravel around the area can alert people to unwanted visitors.

Defensive planting

Introducing prickly plants and hedges against fencing and around boundaries can deter potential targeters. They recommend Hawthorn, Gorse, Firethorn (Pyracantha), Holly and Blackthorn.

Items within the shed

All items should be property marked, locked away, locked together or with a ground anchor.

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