Norfolk Police is urging the public to be vigilant after a spate of trailer and lawnmower thefts in the county.
Police say since the start of the year, more than 20 trailers have been stolen from addresses in Norfolk, as well as eight lawnmowers.
Police have advised a number of measures to improve the security of outbuildings and machinery, including:
- Fit good quality locks complying to British Standards, along with robust locking bars and padlocks
- Protect windows with metal bars or grilles, or consider blocking them up completely
- Ensure all doors and windows are shut and locked when not in use
- Install security lights that come on automatically at dusk and go off at dawn
- Consider installing an alarm system or CCTV
- Try to leave trailers and garden equipment in a visible place
- Remove all keys from machinery and consider the use of hitch locks, wheel clamps or ground anchors to add extra security
- Mark vehicles and equipment with your post code and property name and ensure you have recorded serial, chassis and model numbers
Officers are keen to speak to anyone who witnesses any suspicious activity or who may have been offered any trailers or lawnmowers for sale. They’re asked to contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.
Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
Further crime prevention advice is available via the Norfolk Constabulary website: www.norfolk.police.uk.